Diversity & Inclusion at Buckley

At Buckley Country Day School we believe that learning is at its best when students are exposed to stories and events that are different from their own. We make a deliberate effort to be proactive and responsive to dynamics that are the result of the intersection of diverse life experiences and see this as a valuable asset toward building an inclusive learning environment.

Students are more available to learn and thrive when they feel known and tended to socially and emotionally. This means that the role of educator must be intentional about how best to meet the needs of students beyond who they are as learners. Promoting the students’ sense of belonging sits at the core of our work.

Our diversity & inclusion focus includes building relationships with BCDS parents. Parents live their diversity every day. Parents want teachers to know about their family structure, an upcoming religious observation, or how an existing part of their child’s identity may impact their daily lives. We respond on a personal, professional, and institutional level and work to increase the school’s cultural dexterity as a way to contribute to a healthy and connected society.

Diversity and inclusion are integral to Buckley’s Core Values and forward-thinking practices. We want students to connect with one another with an appreciative and curious approach. In the community that we mean to be:

    • every child, family, faculty and staff member feels valued, celebrated, and treated with fairness and respect;
    • all voices are heard;
    • the curriculum and programs include multiple perspectives to add to the prism through which our students experience their learning;
    • the norms do not convey the very stereotypes and biases we do not want our graduates to harbor.  

The Diversity Committee has grown in size with representation from all segments of our current school community. Rather than referring to our meetings as “Diversity Committee” meetings, we are moving to a new name – “Community Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion” to further underscore that these meetings are for everyone at Buckley and everyone is invited to attend. The goal will remain the same  - seek to address more broadly the many aspects and dimensions of diversity, but most importantly, create a safe space for learning and growing for parents and faculty related to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and belonging. 

Community Conversations on Diversity & Inclusion

    • Wednesday, September 21 (In-Person)
    • Wednesday, October 26 (Virtual)
    • Thursday, January 26 (Virtual)
    • Wednesday, April 19 (In-Person)

If you are interested in learning more, contact Marjorie Jean-Paul at: mjeanpaul@buckleycountryday.com or 516-627-1910 ext. 2771.

D&I Resource Page

Welcome to Buckley’s resource page on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. By clicking the link below, you will find direct links to information for all age groups in different media. You can also feel free to share any additional resources, as well as any feedback you may have.

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Buckley Country Day School admits students of any race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally available to students at the School. Buckley Country Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law in respect of, without limitation, its educational policies, admission, financial aid, hiring and employment practices, use of school facilities, athletics programs, and other school-administered programs. This policy governs the conduct of all Buckley Country Day School employees including faculty, staff, and summer programs employees.