Building a diverse student body in the private school sector is complex and goes well beyond admissions as a straightforward process. As Jenny Anderson discussed in the her New York Times article, Admitted but Left Out, equitable experiences do not merely occur because students are present in the same space at the same time. An abundance of factors influence students’ feelings, perceptions, experiences and memories of the minority student.
This is an issue that goes beyond race. Being a part of any minority group (race, special learning needs, socio-economic, religious) impacts how we feel about school and how we fit into that social environment. Those experiences and feelings impact and influence our later life choices in varied arenas. The experiences that were shared in this New York Times article, “Admitted, But Left Out” will leave us with a lot to think about as we continue to build communities in schools that practice equity, tolerance and understanding.
What do you think? Do you have an experience to share?