Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at The Waldorf School of Garden City
The Waldorf School of Garden City strives to be an environment where diversity is celebrated and all members of our community are included. We welcome the contributions of all cultures. We provide opportunities for open dialogue and discussion with faculty, staff, parents, students, and alumni. We aim to find common ground.
Through active learning, we seek to explore the many perceptions and experiences of various ethnicities, races, faiths, religions, socio-economic groups, genders, and the LGBTQ+ community. We challenge ourselves to uncover our biases so that we may meet all members of our community with equanimity and compassion. We are a school that teaches our students to value the differences in individuals, and we recognize that there are strength and wisdom in our diversity. We believe a diverse community is essential to an excellent education, and, to that end, we recognize the varied perceptions held by our students help to define the very fabric of our community.
The Waldorf School of Garden City, founded on the anthroposophical teachings of Rudolf Steiner, is an evolving institution that continually strives to meet its diverse body of students and to prepare them to meet the future with purpose, gratitude, and respect. Our school recognizes that in The Mission of Folk-Souls, and other teachings, Steiner expresses racist ideas that the School does not share, support, or condone in any form. We strongly disavow any attempts to justify systemic injustices based on evolutionary or karmic theories. Acknowledging that racial biases are embedded in the very fabric of Western Civilization, we actively engage in the ongoing evaluation of curricular content, teaching practices, and institutional policies to find and eliminate all racial biases. The Waldorf School of Garden City prioritizes and values these efforts to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in the daily academic lives of all students and faculty members in our community.
The Co-Chairs for the DEI Committee are:
POLICY OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
The Waldorf School of Garden City promotes respect for all students, employees, and applicants for admissions or employment, and prohibits discrimination to the full extent required by law, including discrimination based on race, color, ethnic or national origin, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, pregnancy, familial or marital status, military status, or any other category which is protected by applicable federal, state or local law. These nondiscrimination policies apply in the administration of our educational policies, hiring policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, athletics, and other school-administered programs.
The following person has been designated to handle all inquiries regarding the School’s nondiscrimination policies:
225 Cambridge Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 732-3434, Ext. 303