To prepare all of our students for participation in an increasingly global community, Katherine Delmar Burke School is dedicated to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive community with a strong and comprehensive multicultural curriculum. We value diversity as essential for educational excellence. We strive to create a community in which learning from and with others who bring different backgrounds and experiences to our campus, and building critical thinking skills by considering information from a variety of perspectives, are the cornerstones for academic success. We emphasize the value of both similarities and differences as central for helping our girls grow beyond their natural tendencies toward conformity, underscoring our conviction that there are “400 ways to be a Burke’s Girl.”
Dialogue is essential for our girls to relate to one another and their greater communities. Our intent is to both teach students how to have dialogue and to provide a safe forum for these dialogues to occur. This dialogue is also important at the faculty and community level.

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  • Affinity Groups

    The affinity groups provide an opportunity for students with similar backgrounds and experiences to gather in a safe space where they can share pieces of their backgrounds and build common connection in their community. While meeting, groups may create educational opportunities for the community, discuss national and global events, and discuss topics that the girls may be grappling with. We hope that sharing their experiences with other students from similar backgrounds who they might not otherwise get to know will create a stronger sense of community for our students as well as a richer understanding of their own and others' stories.

    As we are aware that children's identities are constantly evolving, we will encourage girls to attend as many groups over the course of the year as they may identity with. The students will meet in small groups facilitated by faculty members and topics will be derived from students’ interests. Both students and faculty will lead the discussions and activities. 

    Affinity Groups currently offered in the Upper School (with potential to grow depending on student interest): Latina, Black Heritage, Asian/Pacific Islander, Multiracial, Allies and Upstanders, Adopted, Gay Straight Alliance, Neurodiversity, Jewish, and Divorced Families.
  • Community Events

    Burke's Community Back-To-School Breakfast
    Please join us for the second annual gathering of Burke's families, new and old, to get to know one another, share stories, and eat a good breakfast! All family members are welcome, and there will be plenty of food. This event is sponsored by the Office of Inclusivity and the P.A. Inclusivity Committee.

    Affinity Coffees
    On behalf of the Inclusivity and Community Building Committee, LGBTQ, African American, Hispanic/Latin American, Asian American, and Multiracial parents and guardians are invited to a series of morning coffees. During the coffee, we hope to discuss Burke's inclusivity initiatives, your family's journey at Burke's, and reconnect with others who share a similar background.

    These will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Media Room. Check for dates in the school calendar.
    Community Dialogues
    Everyone in the Burke's community is invited to attend these events. During the dialogues, we encourage parents/guardians and faculty/staff to ask questions, learn from each other, and share perspectives, ideas, insights, and anecdotes around the topic of inclusivity. Check for dates in the school calendar.

    BLEND Dinner
    Each fall, our families and employees join together for BLEND, a potluck dinner to learn about and celebrate each others' identities and cultures. Click here for images from last year's BLEND Dinner. 

  • Faculty/Staff Dialogue

    The Faculty and Staff Inclusivity & Community Building Committee is comprised of Lower and Upper School faculty as well as staff members. Committee members work together to plan interactive learning opportunities for their peers and parents and guardians. The committee has led professional development days for faculty and staff around topics of race, socio-economic diversity, stereotype threat, and curriculum mapping.
  • P.A. Inclusivity and Community Building Committee

    We believe that there are "400 ways" to be a Burke's family.

    The social, demographic, and cultural diversity at Burke's is a reason for celebration, but it is also a source of personal exploration, collaboration, and creative problem-solving. This Committee strives to support the Burke’s community with ways to meaningfully open discussions and strategies for inclusivity and diversity topics. It creates opportunities for sharing hopes, challenges, questions and ways to support your child and the Burke’s Community in these areas.

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  • Quise Edwards 

    Director of Inclusivity & Community Building
    415.751.0177, ext. 329
Burke's mission is to educate, encourage and empower girls. Our school combines academic excellence with an appreciation for childhood so that students thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.

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An independent K–8 school for girls
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