Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
The Power of Belonging
Together, we celebrate everyone’s uniqueness.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 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 of Integrity, Kindness, Perseverance, and Respect.
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 and 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.
Diversity is a fact. Equity is a choice. Inclusion is an action. Belonging is an outcome.Arthur Chan
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.
Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
Library Learning Common Specialist, Lower School DEIB Coordinator
School Counselor, Middle School DEIB Coordinator
Mathematics Faculty, Upper School DEIB Coordinator
English Faculty, Upper School DEIB Coordinator
History Faculty, Director Talent Development, Upper School DEIB Coordinator
Head Coach Varsity Boys Basketball, Athletics DEIB Coordinator
Director of Marketing, Staff DEI Coordinator
All-School Integration of DEIB
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Action
Upper school students learned about African-American fraternities and sororities known as the Divine Nine and about Stepping, a percussive dance traditionally performed by members of those social organizations. Director of Marketing Lakeya Graves delivered the King Talk on Tuesday, February 7, in the Performing Arts Center, coinciding with the start of the annual observance of Black History Month.
The Lunar New Year flooded King School with red and gold and traditional decorations. The holiday, one of the most important celebrations of the year among East and Southeast Asian cultures, marks the first days of spring in the lunar calendar and serves as an opportunity to celebrate new beginnings. Students sampled traditional foods, presentations, and performances.
A delegation of students, faculty, and staff proudly represented King School at the NAIS’ People of Color Conference and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
Throughout the year, King School celebrates the different cultures of members of the community. Recently, King parents Prachi and Rahul Iyer talked with second grade students about the significance of the Diwali holiday. During the discussion, students learned about the meaning of the holiday as well as the traditions, foods, and decorations that accompany it.
During this year’s Sukkot holiday, the Jewish students’ affinity group shared a meal and conversation under a sukkah.
Through weekly meetings, the group aims to build stronger connections with each other in spaces where they can discuss their shared experiences.
King School is pleased to announce a title change for Dr. Clyde Beverly III P’33, ’34. From this point forward, Dr. Beverly’s title is Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.
In its first year at King School, the Hispanic/Latinx affinity group aims to create a safe space for students who identify as Hispanic or LatinX to share and celebrate their heritage. Members of the group have begun to plan activities for the year to raise cultural awareness and help Hispanic communities in need.
Parents journeyed through the Lower School and learned about countries around the world during the annual Global Studies Celebration. Each grade was provided an age-appropriate theme to discover their shared humanity while they investigated the world and strived to understand new perspectives.
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.