Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity is not a statement we are trying to make; it is a practice we pursue daily. Creating community and finding a healthy balance between self respect and the respect of others is at the core of the Pike experience. We believe that Pike will grow and flourish as a whole by recognizing, respecting, sharing and understanding our similarities and differences.

As a community, we recognize the critical role of providing students with the tools to discover by integrating diversity into the curriculum and conversation. We are dedicated to exposing our students to a wide range of human perspectives and cultures to explore all the possibilities inside and outside of the classroom. Developing thinkers and citizens with the necessary skills to address and navigate the challenges of an increasingly diverse society is a must.

What adds even greater value is helping our students develop the awareness to mine for the deep genius that exists in unique perspectives. This is the contribution we are dedicated to pursuing and instilling in each child that graces our institution. It is also one of the greatest contributions we can make to society. This commitment extends to faculty, staff and administrative wings of the school. Non sibi solum.

Community Learning

Affinity and interest groups are designed to facilitate positive identity exploration, providing voice and space for students to connect in a safe environment.  Through shared experiences and/or identities, students can learn to empower and advocate for themselves and each other, so they have a role in making Pike a supportive and inclusive learning environment for all.

As we are working to support student growth and learning, the concept of Affinity and Interest Groups has been introduced through A.I.R. Time.

FAQs

What is A.I.R. Time?

A.I.R. Time is an abbreviation for Affinity, Interest, and Reading.  This is dedicated time for students to reflect on their own identities and perspectives, as well as the perspectives of others; bring up diversity issues with peers, faculty and administration; and/or create a plan of action to educate others.  Students choose to attend either an Affinity Group, Interest Group, or Reading Time during Community Block on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.  Students may choose to attend a new group at any point throughout the year. 

What is an Affinity Group?

A group of people who share a common experience or identity.

What is an Interest Group?

A group of people who want to learn more about an experience or identity. (Students who participate may or may not identify with the group’s experience or identity.)

What is Reading Time?

Time to reflect, as an individual and through short debrief sessions with an advisor by reading books, articles or watching videos that explore a point of view, culture or identity. 

To learn more about our work, contact Michael Eatman, Director of Community Life, at mleatman@pikeschool.org.