Hathaway Brown School is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning community through our admission policies, hiring practices, professional development, curricular and extracurricular programming, and school culture. The representation and full engagement of the diverse points of view of individuals with varied life experiences is a source of strength and wisdom that enriches the learning environment and fuels innovation and growth, particularly as students are prepared for lives of strong character, public service, and leadership.
HB respects and affirms the dignity and worth of each member of our community. These values of diversity, equity, and inclusion are rooted in our mission; our motto, We Learn Not For School But For Life; and our Community Agreement, and it is our expectation that all those affiliated with the institution uphold and demonstrate these shared values both in spirit and in practice at all times.
To create a community of trust, respect, and partnership in fulfilling our mission of educating girls, we expect all students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees to honor these commitments to our core values.
Represent oneself and Hathaway Brown by acting kindly, ethically, and with integrity, knowing that character matters most
Support and abide by the school's policies and procedures, knowing there are fair and appropriate consequences if these standards are not met
Act in an honest, open, and trustworthy manner toward all members of the community, seeking information directly from the school, consulting with those best able to address the concerns rather than the rumors
Model inclusive behavior by reaching out to all members of the community
Respect the professional judgments and decisions made by the faculty, staff, and administration
Provide a home environment that supports academic achievement, the development of character, and positive learning attitude
Take an active interest in the lives of the students and become appropriately involved in the life of the school community
Share with the school any religious, cultural, medical or personal information that the school may need to serve the student best
Take care and respect the campus environment and follow all campus and security/safety procedures
HB affirms diversity by creating a multicultural learning community. Each division intentionally integrates books, activities, units, videos, articles, and other relevant learning materials to address a wide range of diversity and increase students' understanding of themselves and others.
As a multicultural-learning community, Hathaway Brown provides opportunities for students and families to develop the cultural competencies needed to successfully navigate in a diverse world experience, such as reflection, resilience, personal autonomy, personal acuity, flexibility, and openness.
Center for Multicultural Affairs
The Center for Multicultural Affairs enhance the HB experience for the entire school community. The center offers
robust programming and coursework
professional development for faculty and staff
and events such as the annual Heritage Dinner, a school-wide potluck.
Division diversity liaisons serve on the Admission committees to promote equity in access to diverse groups. And they support the hiring process for all positions in the school: every candidate for a position at HB meets with a diversity liaison to answer questions that assess cultural competency.
HB is a member of
the Cleveland Council of Independent Schools Diversity Committee. HB collaborates with CCIS schools to provide diversity related programs, workshops, and events for employees, students and families.
the National Association of Independent Schools. Members of the HB community have attended the annual People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference for more than 20 years.