Inclusivity & Community Building

At Burke's

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.

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/Hispanic Group, African Heritage Group, Asian/Pacific Islander Group, Mixed Race Group, White Ally Group, Gay Straight Alliance, Neurodiversity Group, and Divorced Families/Blended Families Group.

Affinity Groups currently offered in the Lower School (with potential to grow depending on student interest): Kaleidoscope (students of color, biracial, multiracial), Students with Learning Differences Group, and Students of Divorced Families/Blended Families Group.

PA Inclusivity & 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. We support our school's responsibility to cultivate and promote awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences for the growth of our children as learners and empathic problem-solvers in the 21st century.

We recognize:
  • The need to provide Burke's families with a safe space to share themselves and their challenges around diversity/inclusivity issues
  • The value of providing Burke's families with strategies to meaningfully add their voice to the conversation at Burke's

Community Events

Burke's Community Back-To-School Breakfast: September 25, 2016
Please join us for the first-ever 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, we would like to invite LGBTQ, African American, Hispanic/Latin American, Asian American, and Multiracial parents and guardians to a morning coffee (dates listed below). 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. Dates for the 2016-17 school year will be listed soon.
Community Dialogues:
Everyone in the Burke's community is invited to attend the 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.

Dates for the 2016-17 school year will be listed soon.

Blend Dinner: November 30, 2016, 5:30-7 p.m.
Each year, our families and employees join together for Blend, a potluck dinner to learn about and celebrate each others' identities and cultures. Burke’s is also working with parents to develop more opportunities to expand our community discussions.

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.
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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