Diversity and Inclusion

 
Diversity and inclusivity, in all aspects of identity, broadens and enhances the educational experience. Varied perspectives are a source of strength, creativity, enrichment and renewal in the Tower Hill community. These values are found in both our mission statement and in our instutional goals:

Mission
Tower Hill School prepares students from diverse backgrounds for full and creative engagement with a dynamic world.  Each student is provided with an educational experience that emphasizes the development of an inquisitive, discerning and critical mind; the value of being creative and aesthetically sensitive; the appreciation of physical well-being; the ability to collaborate and to function as part of a team; and the growth of character.

Institutional Goal on Inclusivity and Student-Centered School Culture
We will continue to focus on inclusivity, both celebrating and challenging ourselves to ensure a student-centered school culture, an exhilirating academic and extracurricular experience, and a community that knows, welcomes and respects all of our students, faculty, staff and families.

Tower Hill School embraces a broad definition of diversity that acknowledges the many ways each of us is unique, including, but not limited to, our various talents, perspectives, goals, ethnicities, identities, and religions. With this broad definition in mind, we hope to create an educational environment in which each person is genuinely valued, respected and included. We believe that diversity and inclusivity enrich the educational experience and strengthen our overall community.

Dyann Connor
Director of Social Justice

 

2018-2019 Social Justice Program

Upper School
Social Justice Speakers for US Assemblies:
  • Dr. Freeman Hrabowski: President of UMBC, educator, activist, mathematician
  • Nyle Fort: Princeton Doctoral Student in Religion concentrating in African American Studies speaker Black History Month
  • Sarah McBride: Natl Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign; Activist and author, born in Wilmington, DE will be keynote speaker for the Global Social Justice Symposium
Community Conversations will be held throughout the year.


Middle School
LEAD @ Tower Hill School: Leaning Into Equity Awareness and Diversity Conference is a a multi-school inclusivity conference for Grades 7 and 8. This annual event is hosted at Tower Hill School.

Lunch and Learn meetings are held during lunch time and give Middle School students an opportunity to build new friendships, share experiences, discuss issues and learn strategies for creating a more inclusive, kinder community.

Social Justice Themes by grades have been established to increase understanding, inclusion, empathy, and allyship throughout the Middle School years.

Grade 5: Kindness, Friendship and Allyship
  • Focus is on how to be kind, respectful and stand up for what you believe is right.
  • Focus on being an Upstander not a Bystander
  • Focus on how to become an inclusive member of the Middle School community
Grade 6: Gratitude for a Community that includes Respect and Value for Diversity
  • Focus on exploring ways we are the same and different
  • Focus on respecting and valuing the strength that diversity brings to a community, athletic team, collaborative work, etc.
Grade 7: disAbilities  
  • Focus on the ABILITIES we each have and developing ways to be a more inclusive community
Grade 8: Courage: Design Thinking in Social Justice
  • Focus on working together to make our school community, Wilmington, and the World a kinder,  more inclusive community through communication and problem solving to build bridges across differences.

Lower School
The Lower School’s AMAZE Program is an anti-bias literature curriculum "that improves social and learning environments by engaging children and adults in important conversations that build empathy and respect across differences."


Faculty Professional Development: SEED
SEED is a peer-led faculty professional development program that invites conversation to encourage personal, organizational and societal change toward greater equity and inclusion. Tower Hill began its SEED program in 2017.

 
 

PAATH and DIstINcT

PAATH (Parents of African-Americans at Tower Hill)
PAATH is a Home & School Committee that stands for Parents of African-Americans at Tower Hill. PAATH was organized in 2002 by a group of African American parents committed to supporting each other and sharing their experiences, hopes, concerns and desired successes for their children at Tower Hill.

The Parents of African-Americans at Tower Hill committee supports the school in ensuring that the richness of the African American experience is treasured, celebrated and valued as an integral component of the educational traditions of Tower Hill School.

DIstINcT (Diversity and Inclusion at Tower Hill)
DIstINcT organizes social and community-building activities to promote the fellowship of parents who advocate for the benefits of diversity in education at Tower Hill School. We also collaborate with the Director of Social Justice to support school-wide events and programming.
 
 

Social Justice Events

Aug. 24, 2018
MCRC@ADVIS Cultural Competency Institute

Oct. 2018
MARD Mid-Atlantic Regional Diversity Conference for US Students - Abington Friends
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Oct. 3, 2018
Upper School Community Conversation

Oct. 4, 2018
SEED Faculty Development (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity)

Nov. 1, 2018
SEED Faculty Development

Nov. 6, 2018
Tuesday Forum Speake: Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of Univ of MD, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Nov. 9, 2018
LEAD @ Tower Hill School Conference (Leaning into Equity Awareness and Diversity)
Leaning into Equity Awareness and Diversity
  • MS Diversity Conference at THS for grades 7 and 8
  • Dr. Mykee Fowlin is keynote speaker
  • Dr. Sandra “Chap” Chapman will facilitate the faculty program
  • Multi-school event
Nov. 28-Dec. 1, 2018
National Association of Independent Schools Student Diversity Leadership Conference

Jan. 16, 2019
Upper School Community Conversation
                       
Jan. 16, 2019
SEED Faculty Professional Development

Jan. 21, 2019
MLK Day of Service

Feb. 6, 2019
Upper School Assembly: Nyle Fort: Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, minister and social justice activist

Feb. 6, 2019
PAATH and DIstINcT Black History Dinner with keynote Dr. Nyle Fort (Parents of African American students at Tower Hill / Diversity and Inclusion at Tower Hill)

Feb. 8, 2019
SEED Faculty Professional Development

March 2019
Regional Diversity Conferences
  • SCHout Conference at Springside Chestnut Hill for Upper School Students
  • Haverford School Diversity Conference for Middle School Students
April 10, 2019
SEED Faculty Professional Development
                       
April 25, 2019
Global Social Justice and Service Learning Symposium
  • Sarah McBride Symposium Keynote Speaker
  • Multi-school event at THS
May 1, 2019
US Community Conversation              

May 8, 2019
SEED Faculty Professional Development
      
 

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