Diversity Alliance and PoCC/SDLC

MISSION STATEMENT “The Diversity Alliance of The Haverford School is an inclusive group of students and alumni, administrators, faculty, and staff interested in promoting diversity in our community.  The Diversity Alliance seeks to spur both individual and community awareness of the wide variety of backgrounds present at The Haverford School.  Its goals are to provide a welcoming atmosphere, to increase sensitivity to issues of diversity, to nurture mutual respect among all, and to build and support varied, meaningful, and lasting relationships.  It is the task of The Diversity Alliance to promote a community in which all feel safe and accepted, proud of who we are—individually and collectively—regardless of our inherent, acquired, and perceived differences.”

This group:

  • Meets weekly to discuss diversity issues inside and outside the Haverford community
  • Organize community events to promote its message 
  • Provides spaces for conversations
  • Are social justice leader in the community

People of Color Conference

(taken from PoCC website)

"The NAIS People of Color Conference is the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools' commitment to equity and justice in teaching and learning. The mission of the conference is to provide a safe space for leadership and professional development and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools. PoCC equips educators at every level, from teachers to trustees, with knowledge, skills, and experiences to improve and enhance the interracial, interethnic, and intercultural climate in their schools, as well as the attending academic, social-emotional, and workplace performance outcomes for students and adults alike."

It is important that Haverford continue to send its faculty and administrators to PoCC, so they can gain the tools necessary to improve Haverford's diverse environment

  • Become mentors
  • Facilitate productive classroom conversations about uncomfortable topics

Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) 

(taken from PoCC website)

"The NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9-12) from across the U.S. and abroad. SDLC focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community. Led by a diverse team of trained adult and peer facilitators, participating students develop cross-cultural communication skills, design effective strategies for social justice practice through dialogue and the arts, and learn the foundations of allyship and networking principles. In addition to large group sessions, SDLC "family groups" and "home groups" allow for dialogue and sharing in smaller units."

Haverford sends students to SDLC every year. These students become equipped with tools to help diffuse tensions in areas of difference and lead productive dialogue