Diversity

Welcome to the Office of Diversity and Community Relations. We invite you to join us in our journey to become the best culturally proficient community possible as we explore a deeper understanding of the value of diversity and envision what an inclusive and equitable world would look and feel like. If we are truly educating our students to be 21st century leaders, nothing less is acceptable.

We are proud of our exceptional history of diversity at Pomfret School. In 1949 almost 75% of the student body voted to admit “Negro” students stating that such a precedence “...would further democratic teachings, and that they are willing to see their beliefs backed up by action.” Thirty years ago, Pomfret’s student diversity group, VOICE, was founded and has since produced an astonishing 43% of Pomfret’s Student Body Presidents! Pomfret was one of only 16 schools to receive the A Better Chance (ABC) Legacy Award at the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration. Pomfret was also one of the founding members of SPHERE, a consortium of Connecticut independent schools that came together in the early 1970’s and are still very active in a common commitment to diversity.

Today, our Diversity Strategic Plan guides us into a world in which all of our students will have to relate to more people who are more different from more parts of the world than any generation before them. In a world in which the only constant is change, our Pomfret Diversity Statement asserts the following:

“At Pomfret, we believe diversity is who we are. Diversity refers to those differences in identity that impact our social experiences, including status and access to resources. Most obviously, it is determined by race, gender, and culture. On a more subtle level, it includes class, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and appearance. We are guided by research which indicates academic excellence and a diverse learning environment are synergistically linked and that students in diverse classroom settings show growth in intellectual development, maturity, motivation, and academic skills.”

As I said earlier, anything less than a multicultural education is an inadequate educational experience and victimizes citizens of the 21st century. However, our approach must be generative as well as inclusive or it will contribute to the continuing cycle of social failure instead of eliminating it. To the degree that we truly understand our interdependence, we will have the potential to reduce all “isms” to historical footnotes. I encourage you to join us on our journey.
    
Steve Davis                                                                                                                                          
Director of Diversity and Community Relations                                                                                                                                             
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FACULTY DIVERSITY COUNCIL

Steve Davis, Head – Director of Diversity & Community Relations
Adolphus Clinton '92 – Dean of Students
Tim Deary '05 – French Teacher
Jillian Forgue – Spanish Teacher
Shanique Garcia – Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Louisa Jones – Advancement Officer
Joe Kremer – Director of International Admissions
Olinda LaBeef – Math Teacher
Sunny Min – Chinese Teacher
Bridget Tsemo – English Department Chair
Katie Wells – History Department Chair

Pomfret Diversity Strategic Plan

A Better Chance 
Charter Participating School
Legacy Award Recipient

ABC's mission is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.

Sphere Consortium
 
Member School

Sphere is a consortium of eleven Hartford area independent schools committed to broadening diversity of their student bodies, administration, faculty and staff. 





Faculty/Administration Recruitment:

 Strategenius
 NEMNETThe National Employment Minority Network
 Carney Sandoe 
 Independent School Management





SPHERE

Pomfret School is a member of SPHERE, a consortium of eleven Hartford-area independent schools committed to broadening diversity of our student bodies, administration, faculty and staff. The mission of SPHERE is to encourage and assist member schools as they collaborate in sustaining diverse, inclusive, and culturally responsive environments for teaching and learning. Members seek to foster a respect for difference and an understanding of multicultural perspectives in curricular and extracurricular programs.

Student Clubs & Organizations

List of 5 items.

  • CultureFest

    CultureFest is a student-run group that seeks to recognize and celebrate the different cultures represented within the Pomfret community. By providing opportunities for community members to sample different cultures, we hope to foster a spirit of inquiry and appreciation that will lead to a deeper understanding of our shared cultural heritage. CultureFest seeks to educate its audience as well as to entertain it. In order to accomplish these goals, we organize the following activities:
    • CultureFest: A spring show that combines music, theatre, dance, poetry and story-telling among other forms of self expression
    • Trips to ethnic themed restaurants
    • Articles on important national days and cultural practices of our students and faculty in the Pontefract
    • Small workshops that explore cultural practices
  • Gender and Sexuality Alliance

    "GSA" stands for Gender and Sexuality Alliance. We are an open door, open minded, open hearted LGBTQ awareness group on campus. We seek to create a safe environment and prevent bullying of LGBTQ members within the Pomfret community. We seek to educate the community about the rights and perspectives of LGBTQ people. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend our bi weekly meetings and seasonal events throughout the year. In the words of Bayard Rustin, we seek to be "angelic trouble makers" in the name of social justice. Visit us on the web.
     
    Faculty Advisor: Katie Wells
  • Hillel

    Hillel is the Jewish organization on campus, open to all community members of all faiths. Hillel aims to foster Judaism, Jewish culture and heritage and engage the larger Pomfret community in reflection and learning. The group celebrates the major holidays, and hosts events and meals. It aims to make all Jewish students feel welcome on campus however they observe Judaism.

    Hillel operates with the support of the Diversity Council, Student Activities, the Chaplain’s office, and Dining Services. Students wishing to keep kosher are encouraged to coordinate with our accommodating Dining Services to plan meals.

    Hillel events over the years have included events for the holidays, such as:
    • Rosh Hashanah: Challah braiding and apple picking
    • Sukkot: pizza party under the pergola
    • Chanukah: Chanukah party
    • Purim: Mask making and hamantaschen cookie baking
    • Passover Seder
    • National Day of Unplugging
    • Shabbat: Monthly Dinners
    • Yom HaShoa (Holocaust Remembrance Day): Observation and reflection

    Students who wish to observe the High Holidays are encouraged to do so, and are allowed to go home or attend services at local synagogues:
    • Congregation B'nai Shalom (Putnam, CT)
    • Beth Israel Temple (Killingly, CT)
    • Temple Emanuel Sinai (Worcester, MA)
    • Temple B'nai Israel (Willimantic, CT)
    • Congregation Beth Israel (Worcester, MA)
    • Chabad UConn (Storrs, CT)
  • International Students Club

    International Students Club is run by a student president and provides fun activities both on campus and off. The International Club has had dances, hosted dinners using favorite dinners from home, celebrated events such as Chinese New Year, and planned Sunday bus trips to Boston and Providence. Faculty Advisor: Joe Kremer
  • VOICE

    A student organization that was created to lend support to all students of the Pomfret community who consider themselves a minority and to educate culturally the School community. VOICE enables students to discuss opinions in matters of concern to them. VOICE does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, nationality or creed. All Pomfret students are welcome to join.

    VOICE Facebook page
At Pomfret, we believe diversity is who we are. Diversity refers to those differences in identity that impact our social experiences, including status and access to resources. Most obviously, it is determined by race, gender, and culture. On a more subtle level, it includes class, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and appearance. We are guided by research which indicates academic excellence and a diverse learning environment are synergistically linked and that students in diverse classroom settings show growth in intellectual development, maturity, motivation, and academic skills.
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