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Equity & Inclusion Principles

At Beacon, we believe in an inclusive environment that welcomes, celebrates and values the similarities and differences among us, serves to strengthen our capacity to relate to one another with respect and kindness, and equally important, implores us to challenge behaviors that oppress, exclude, or demean others.

Beacon Academy values the dignity and experience of every human being. Our community celebrates and respects differences, including race, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, political and social values, culture, gender identity, religion, physical ability, family structure, and learning style.

We foster an environment in which students feel safe sharing and discussing their different experiences, opinions, ideas, interests, and identities. And in our curriculum, community, and culture we strive to construct a brave space in which students challenge themselves to expand their understanding of society and the world.
Our Equity and Inclusion work is always-in-process, student-directed, intergenerational, and rooted in equitable practices that drives toward justice. Examples of past Student Inclusion Council initiatives include: affinity groups, community-meeting programming, designing — and presenting the results of — the annual community survey, and attending conferences. Examples of our larger community initiatives includes the Faculty Inclusion Council, Advisory and Treehaven programming, professional and curricular development, yearly participation in Evanston’s Race Against Hate, and much more.
Co-Directions of Equity and Inclusion, Ms. Dixon and Dr. Bator have presented on Beacon’s Equity and Inclusion initiatives at DePaul University, Harold Washington College, The Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), and the Montessori Adolescent Practitioners Symposium.
For questions about our Equity and Inclusion work, please email Clarese Dixon or Stefanie Bator.