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Center for Multicultural Affairs

Mission Statement I Program Goals I Liaison Structure I Diversity Initiatives & Curriculum I Programs & Community Outreach I Contact Us

Mission Statement

Hathaway Brown 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.

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; 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.

Goals for the program

  • Maintain a supportive and diverse faculty, staff and administration who demonstrate an investment in creating a multicultural educational community

  • Develop practices and policies that meet the needs of the diverse families and other stakeholders in the HB community and Greater Cleveland area

  • Utilize our existing resources to systematically integrate multiculturalism into the operation of the HB community.

  • Assure that our commitment to diversity is transparent to constituents and the greater community

Liaison Structure

To achieve these goals, the Director of Multicultural Affairs works closely with a diversity liaison in each division:

  • Early Childhood – Carolyn English

  • Primary School – Alaina McCourt

  • Middle School – Toni Cross

  • Upper School – Leah Jackson

Diversity Initiatives and Curriculum

HB's multicultural curriculum includes, but is not limited to, a wide range of diversity materials, resources and literature designed to stimulate an understanding of self and others.

  • Lesson plans, activities, speakers and field trips that inform and heighten awareness into issues of social justice and equity are integrated into the core and elective curricula.

  • Understanding and respect are fostered, and social activism and leadership are promoted in the classroom and during extracurricular activities.

Diversity Initiatives – Programs & Community Outreach

As a multicultural learning community, HB provides opportunities for students 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.

  • School-Wide Activist Group (S.W.A.G.) – Upper school student group dedicated to hosting workshops for the school community about topics related to diversity, multiculturalism, equity and justice.

  • Heritage Dinner – Annual potluck, sponsored by the Center and the Creating Connections Committee. Festive gathering for all HB families to share a cultural dish and connect with one another around food, culture and fun.

  • "Social Justice & Equity" and "TRUST" Courses – Courses offered in the upper school to introduce students to social theory and issues of justice.

  • Member of the CCIS Diversity Committee. Collaborate with other CCIS schools to provide diversity related programs, workshops and events for employees, students and families.

  • NAIS People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference. Annual attendance at this conference by faculty, staff, administrators, parents, board members and students for the past 20 years.

Contact Us

Koyen Shah
Director, Penn GSE Day School Teaching Residency at HB
Interim Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Interim Director of the Center for Multicultural Affairs
Hathaway Brown School
19600 N. Park Blvd.
Shaker Heights, OH 44122
216.320.8796 ext. 7268
kshah@hb.edu


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