Inclusivity @ Hewitt
Hewitt empowers and expects our community members to embrace multiple points of view, to engage others with empathy and integrity, and to champion equity and justice in all areas of our lives.
–Inclusivity Statement approved by the Hewitt Board of Trustees, November 2012
Hewitt is an inclusive and diverse community of students, faculty, administration, board of trustees, and staff and continues to integrate diversity into the life of the school. Hewitt respects and values individuals whose differences include age, ethnicity, family structure, gender, learning styles, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
Teachers are engaged in ongoing discussions about microaggressions; i.e., everyday exchanges involving subtle racism, sexism and heterosexism. Teachers are trained to examine and address instances of microaggressions in their classrooms. Recognizing microaggressions and brainstorming ways to help students talk through these incidents are an ongoing area of focus.
From Diversity to Community Conference
Hewitt is one of a contingent of New York City independent schools participating in this annual conference hosted by The Dalton School. A group of faculty members, administrators, parents, students, trustees, and alumnae engages in group discussions on inclusivity and community building and shares best practices.
Diversity Educators Council (DEC)
All administrators, faculty, and staff are invited to be a part of the Diversity Educators Council, which spearheads all-school inclusivity efforts and discusses topics relevant to administrators, faculty, and staff.
The Hewitt Circle
Comprised of Hewitt families interested in supporting inclusivity efforts within the school, this group is parent-led and plans panel discussions, guest speakers, movie nights and multi-cultural gatherings for the whole school community.
ACTION is a student-led group that organizes presentations and facilitates discussions concerning issues of equity and justice. They believe that awareness, information, and understanding are the building blocks of an inclusive community and learning environment.
The goal of Spectrum is to create a safe and supportive environment for all students. The club addresses bullying, homophobia, same-sex marriage, representations in the media, social advocacy, and recent elections through informal debates, research, and action. Spectrum often collaborates with the ACTION club in co-sponsoring debates and discussions.
Diversity in Thought Day
This annual event for grades 8-12 that focuses on a particular theme related to inclusivity. Recently, Hewitt hosted Urban Word NYC to facilitate lessons and performances of spoken work on the theme of social justice.