Our Community

Community, Equity, and Inclusion

Equity and Inclusion

By centering multiple voices, we celebrate personal and collective successes, build understanding through intentional dialogue, and address inevitable tensions that emerge from being a part of a heterogeneous community. Every member of our community is responsible for this work. 

Vision Statement:

We aim to build a multicultural, anti-racist learning organization and community in which each person finds a place where they feel connected, supported, and honored; to educate in order to make a lasting positive social impact; and to mitigate inequities in society to the greatest possible extent. 

The Bush School is committed to fulfilling the school mission through anti-racist practices and actions, inclusive curriculum, and professional development for all faculty and staff.

Head of School Percy L. Abram

Through coursework, clubs, and in dialogue with classmates, Bush students in Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade learn how to use their voices to affect change, to create space for others, and to build an equitable society.

Leading through Action


The following are examples of cultivating an inclusive, equitable community at The Bush School. We use a multi-tiered approach to ensure that all community members find a place where they will be valued, and to provide intentional pathways for personal growth, interpersonal engagement, institutional growth, and structural changes that increase equity. 

List of 9 items.

  • Affinity Groups

    Affinity Groups give community members the opportunity to be around people with whom their lived experience is the baseline instead of something they have to explain. These are groups based on a shared layer of identity, such as ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientatio, gender, etc.

    Resources:
    There are a number of long-standing Affinity Groups and new groups founded based on community interest. Some of the current Affinity-based programming at Bush:

    Lower School Student Affinity Groups
    The Lower School Student Affinity Groups take place monthly during our Lower School Community time during the school day. Students who identify with an affinity attend group gathering while other students attend our Lower School DEI community activity. There are a number of affinity groups based on different identities, including the Black Students Affinity group, the Muslim Student Affinity group, the Jewish Students Affinity group, The Latine/Hispanic student Affinity Group, the White Students Affinity Group, the Asian Students Affinity Group and the Bi/Multi-Racial Student Affinity Group.

    Upper School Student Affinity Groups
    • Asian-American Culture Club
    • Black Student Union (BSU)
    • Blazers of Color (BOC)
    • Blazers Understanding Whiteness (BUW),
    • Center for Intercultural Action (CIA)
    • Latinx Club
    • MOSAIC Multicultural Affinity Group
    • Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA)
    • Oye Vey
    • and more

    Family Affinity Groups
    Family Association volunteers serve as the leads for parent/family affinity groups:

    • Afro-Diaspora Family Group
    • Asian-American/Pacific Islander Family Group
    • Bilingual Affinity Group
    • Jewish Affinity Group
    • Latinx Affinity Group
    • Learning Differences Support Group
    • LGBTQIA+ Family Affinity Group
    • Muslim Family Affinity Group
    • White Anti-Racist Parents/Guardians. 
  • Bias-Related Incident Support

    Bush Community members can request Bias-Related Incident Support for help with incidents of harmful impact. We believe it is important for the school to be aware of potentially harmful interpersonal interactions, particularly when it comes to identity markers such as race, socio-economic background, gender, sexual orientation, ability, language, religion, nationality, etc. The form includes a description of bias-related incidents, and when submitted at the link above, activates our support system. The Director of Community, Equity, and Inclusion will reach out to the individual(s) submitting and/or involved in the issue. The goal is a restorative response that repairs harm.

    A link to the bias incident form can be found on the Bush Community Portal on the Resource Board on the Office of Community, Equity, and Inclusion, and in the handbook for each division.
  • Cascades & Upper School Curriculum

    CASCADES
    The Bush Upper School Cascades Program is a three week interdisciplinary course of study held each January, led by interdepartmental teaching teams. The thematic, immersive experiences have a strong focus on social justice including the following courses.

    Design Thinking
    Designing and Building Small Interactive Gardens at The Bush School

    Global Citizenship
    Taiwan: Language and Culture
    Cambodia: A New Generation
    Kaitiakitanga in Aotearoa New Zealand: Māori Cultural Immersion and Outdoor Adventure 

    Social Justice
    Practicing Social Justice though Interactive Stories

    Sustainability
    Death Valley: Photography, Geology and Geography
    Rock Climbing and Land Management in Joshua Tree National Park
    Methow Valley Filmmaking: Exploring Sustainability & Community Engagement Through Documentary Film 

    UPPER SCHOOL CURRICULUM
    The Upper School curriculum is designed to engage students’ critical, creative, and independent thinking. Teachers introduce multiple perspectives throughout the curriculum and class discussions, and develop a course of study that engages deep intellectual engagement. Diversity, themes related to equity, inclusion, and justice are woven throughout all courses in the arts, mathematics, science, English, history, and health and wellness. The following is a sample of current courses in English, history, and mathematics which capture the broad range of topics introduced through the Upper School curriculum. 

    English
    Asian American Voices; Black Voices; Feminist Theory; Immigrant Voices; Queer Shakespeare

    History
    Constructing the American Woman; Contemporary Migration Crisis; Cultures in Conflict; Indigenous North American Studies; Latin American Studies; Mexico City Journeys; Queer Communities: Global Histories; The World of Food: The History, Culture, and Justice of Feeding People Around the World

    Math
    Statistics and Social Justice
  • Gender Expansive Policy

    The Bush School’s guidelines to support Transgender and Gender Expansive Students is intended to address student needs and to ensure a safe, affirming, and healthy school environment where every child can learn. The guidelines are meant to support transgender and gender expansive students in the school environment. The current policy cannot and does not anticipate every situation that may occur; every student is different and may have divergent needs. Support and accommodations for each student will be individualized based on the specific requests and needs.

  • Lower School Dialogues 

    The Bush Lower School hosts three Community Dialogues for Bush Lower School Families. Community Dialogues are an opportunity for parents/guardians and caregivers of Lower School students to come together to discuss topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, and all things identity. Working together community members can deepen their knowledge, understanding, and skills around navigating potentially challenging conversations with our youngest student population. Here are the topics and dates for this school year.
     
    Session One - Tuesday, December 12: Hard things are happening around the world. How can we give our students developmentally appropriate information to navigate a global crisis and information and images they are seeing.
     
    Session Two - Tuesday, February 6: How do we help our children talk about their own identity, ask questions about others identities, and come together to find similarity and difference.

    Session Three: Everyone has different abilities whether they be physical or in how our brain works. How can we help our children understand, acknowledge and celebrate this diversity that may not always be obvious.
  • Middle School Q Group

    The Middle School Q Group is a nonjudgmental affinity group for students who are exploring their gender or sexual identity. The mission of the Q Group is to provide support to queer and questioning students, and to create an inclusive environment where gender and sexual diversity is celebrated.

    “The Q Group is important to me because it is a a safe and friendly place where I can discuss important things in my life.”
    - Bush Sixth Grade Student
  • Muslim Prayer Room

    The Bush School has a Muslim Prayer Room on campus open to students, families, faculty, and staff. This room is available to all Bush Muslim community members who would like a space to pray during the day. The Bush School joins a growing community of schools including universities and higher education institutions around the world who have established a Muslim prayer room to create a space for Muslim community members who may need a quiet space to pray.
  • Pronouns at Bush

    In English, the general language of instruction at Bush, pronouns are commonly used to refer to ourselves or others. Names and pronouns are pieces of personal identity, and using correct pronouns-much like pronouncing someone's name correctly-is an affirmation of identity.

  • The Percy L Abram Fund for Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Peace  

    The Percy L. Abram Fund for Equity, Inclusion, Justice and Peace provides funds to support educational programming at Bush that elevates these values and inspires students to build a just, inclusive, equitable, and compassionate community and nation. The fund was created by Board Chair Karen Marcotte Solimano and her family. The end of her tenure at Bush also coincided with a global health pandemic and social justice uprising, both of which have spotlighted the deep-seeded racial inequities in the United States. Karen and her family made a decision inspired by the leadership, intellect, integrity, and authenticity of Head of School Percy Abram to ensure that his vision for equity and inclusion continued on for generations to come. To help advance this shared vision, the Solimanos have seeded an endowment in Percy’s honor to fund anti bias education and training for the next generation of problem solvers, thinkers, leaders, and their families. 

Connect

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of JuLondré Brown

    JuLondrĂ© Brown 

    Director of Community, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Photo of Delia Tran

    Delia Tran 

    Coordinator of Community, Equity, and Inclusion
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