Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Statement

Hathaway Brown is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning community through 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.

Hathaway Brown 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; 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. 

DEI Statement updated and approved by Hathaway Brown Board of Trustees, May 2018

Community Agreement

To create a community of trust, respect, and partnership in fulfilling HB's mission of educating girls, all students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees are expected to honor these commitments to our core values.

View the Community Agreement.

Gender Philosophy

Hathaway Brown will support enrolled students or applicants who are assigned female at birth, who may be questioning their gender identity, and who feel they belong in our community dedicated to girls and women. 

Read the gender philosophy.


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Defining Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Diversity is the representation of all  varied identities and differences (race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, tribe, caste, socio-economic status, thinking and communication styles, etc.) collectively and as individuals. We seek to proactively engage, understand, and draw on a variety of perspectives. We believe that the solution to the problems we hope to address can be found by affirming our similarities, as well as by finding value in our differences.

Equity seeks to ensure fair treatment, equality of opportunity, and fairness in access to information and resources for all. We believe this is only possible in an environment that is built on respect and dignity.

Inclusion builds a culture of belonging by actively inviting the contribution and participation of all people. We believe every person’s voice adds value, and we strive to create balance in the face of power differences. We believe that no one person can or should be called upon to represent an entire community.

Source: Ford Foundation