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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Power of Belonging

Together, we celebrate everyone’s uniqueness.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at King School is integrated into every area of school life. Ensuring that every member of the community enjoys a sense of belonging is paramount to the school’s mission and aligned with its virtues. 

At King, we are empowered by our diverse talents and inspired by our different backgrounds and perspectives. In our diverse and inclusive environment, children as well as adults learn from one another and create a stronger community. 

Students and faculty come from 40 neighboring communities and over 70 countries engage in an expansive curriculum that spurs conversation on culture, religion, ethnicity, and lived experiences. 

King School Diversity Statement

Diversity is a core value at King. At King, we are enriched through our appreciation of diversity’s many faces including gender, race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, talent, or learning style. By honoring cultural differences and intellectual diversity, we create a vibrant learning community where each person is valued.

King values a community in which each individual strives for wisdom and goodness found in a deep understanding of equity, fairness, and cultural inclusion. Rooted in respect and personal responsibility, the School’s culture offers a supportive and reflective environment that embraces diversity as central to educational excellence. We honor these values as essential to preparing our students for lives of leadership and achievement in our global society.

At King, we support our commitment with action. We work to build a community that is truly diverse. Proactively and consistently, we challenge stereotypes, create awareness, and develop educational programs that are informed by, and responsive to, our values. We model these values in the School’s activities and affairs. We arm our students with an understanding and appreciation for diversity that prepares them to be thoughtful and successful citizens of the world.

Meet the DEI Team

The DEI team at King School is composed of a director as well as divisional and departmental coordinators. The team works in every area of the school and offers guidance and support to ensure that the King School curriculum, pedagogy, recruiting, retention, and school culture are a reflection of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The goal is to educate, engage, and empower our community members.

Clyde Beverly

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Leigh Roberts

Library Learning Common Specialist, Lower School DEI Coordinator

Jennifer Guevara

School Counselor, Middle School DEI Coordinator

Sara O'Toole

Mathematics Faculty, All School Math DEI Coordinator

Lindsay Stone

English Faculty, Upper School DEI Coordinator

Lindsey Rossler

History Faculty, Director Talent Development, Upper School DEI Coordinator

Nate Jean-Baptiste

Head Coach Varsity Boys Basketball, Athletics DEI Coordinator

Lakeya Graves

Director of Marketing, Staff DEI Coordinator

All-School Integration of DEI

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Action

King Hosts Award-Winning Authors for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

Award-winning authors Veera Hiranandani, Sheela Chari, and Sayantani DasGupta have a few things in common – their Indian heritage, their love of writing, and motherhood. The authors have known each other for over 10 years and have developed a special friendship that offers advice, encouragement, and support in their accomplished careers as Indian-American authors. “It was enlightening to see how their diverse identities have influenced their writing as authors. With this event, we are continuing to provide experiences that seek to educate, engage, and empower students with new perspectives,” said Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Dr. Clyde Beverly III, who organized the event on May 11 in partnership with the Indian Cultural Center (ICC) in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. 

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King School Takes Action on National Day of Silence

April 22, marks the annual Day of Silence, led by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), to raise awareness about the discrimination and harassment LGBTQ+ students face in schools. The Day of Silence has been held each year in April since 1996.

King School observed the day as a Day of Action with optional student-led initiatives to celebrate and support members of the LGBTQ+ community. The Gender and Sexuality Awareness (GSA) Club in King’s Upper School organized a gathering to mark the occasion. Students also participated by wearing pronouns pins, rainbow stickers, and colorful clothing. “Here at King, part of our values is that individuals are able to be seen as their authentic selves,” said Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Dr.Clyde Beverly III. 

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King School Partners with American School of Warsaw to Learn About the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

When the Russian forces invaded Ukraine at the end of February, upper school students Anabelle Creveling ’22 and Meredith Joo ’23 sprung into action. They started to network, searching for ways to connect with those directly affected by the attacks.

Together they learned that history teacher Lindsey Rossler had a friend and colleague at the American School of Warsaw. Poland, which is adjacent to Ukraine, has welcomed the largest number of Ukrainian refugees since the onset of the conflict.

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El Sistema Music Residency Jams to New Melodies

The seventh annual music residency, El Sistema, returned to King School in person this year with a powerful new sound. Talented student musicians from King’s Middle and Upper Schools collaborated with seven El Sistema USA music programs from New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Connecticut. The collaboration resulted in an original composition that premiered at a community concert to showcase the learning and partnership that took place over the weekend. The overarching focus of the residency is to inspire a connection between communities of different socioeconomic backgrounds, using music ensembles to encourage deeper communication among its participants.  

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Service Learning STEM Project Connects Students With Learners Abroad

King School’s sixth grade students revved their engines as they built custom-designed Lego cars for students in Peru and Costa Rica. The design process included competition, as students raced against one another, using balloons to propel the cars forward. After perfecting their designs, the students disassembled the cars, carefully packaged them up, and sent them off to fellow students in Peru and Costa Rica. The collaboration is part of King’s partnership with the Orphaned Starfish Foundation (OSF). 

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Exhibit Transports Lower School to Ancient Egypt

Journey back to ancient Egypt with an exhibit curated by fifth grade students at King. The exhibition features Egyptian hieroglyphics, King Tut’s tomb, an informational display of the Nile River, pyramids, mummies, and more. Over the past few weeks, the class has explored the ancient culture and developed projects that best demonstrate their interest.

“I wanted to study sports because that’s something that I’m interested in,” said Paxton Freeman ’29. “I wondered about what types of activities the Egyptians used to do for fun and started researching sports that were around back then. That led me to archery.” Inspired, Paxton made a target, an arrow, and a crossbow out of cardboard box and wood for his project.

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King Celebrates Expressions of Excellence and Joy of the African Diaspora with Special Guests

Throughout the month of February, as King celebrates Black History Month, a host of interesting guests have visited campus to share their unique stories with students. The Middle and Upper Schools welcomed Geiszel and Manual Godoy, owners of Black Sands Entertainment. The Lower School hosted Danielle Robinson, niece of prominent singer and record label executive Sylvia Robinson, and Rochelle Ballantyne, slated to become the first female African American chess master. Each visit contributed its unique perspective to the school’s theme for Black History Month, “Expressions of Excellence and Joy of the African Diaspora.” 

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