Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


A school community that honors difference, Penn Charter seeks to be a place where diversity is understood, represented and valued. Statement of Philosophy

A Multifaceted Understanding of Diversity

Penn Charter seeks to build a community representing diversity in race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, gender, sexual orientation — as well as learning style, opinion and hometown.

When you walk through Penn Charter's red doors, there is a reason our formal-looking school suddenly feels down to earth: the people. Penn Charter was founded not for some people but for all people. That is as true today as it was in 1689; Penn Charter was one of the first schools to open to children of all religions and races, and among the first to educate girls and to offer financial aid.

DEI Task Forces

In July 2020, Penn Charter formed two DEI task forces – Race & Equity and Gender Equity, Sexuality & Consent – with the goal of identifying and addressing the policies, procedures and practices that uphold systemic racism, sexism and other oppressive and discriminatory attitudes and beliefs. Each task force is made up of Penn Charter board members, senior administration, faculty, staff, students, OPCs and parents. Ultimately, each task force is responsible for recommending action steps to the board, head of school, and/or other school leadership groups, as appropriate, to improve Penn Charter’s educational program, school culture and work environment as related to race and gender. 

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Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Naté Hall, Interim Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Divisional Coordinators

  • Naveena Bembry and Janique Timmons (Lower School)
  • Hannah Horton (Middle School)
  • Michael Aviles and Ruth McGee (Upper School)

Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) Group Facilitators from Penn Charter

  • Cory Moy and Naveena Bembry (Multi-school Administrators SEED Group)
  • Kristen Kelly and Clare Klein (Faculty and Staff SEED Group)
  • Lindsay Franklin and Cory Moy (Parent and Caregiver SEED Group)

Additional Faculty and Staff

  • Liz Jones, Holistic Restorative Coordinator, coordinator for the Bias Response Protocol 
  • Sharon Ahram, 10th & 12th grade dean, coordinator of the DEIJ certificate program
  • Marcy Sosa, Lower School Director, lead on the planning for the annual People of Color Conference (PoCC) and Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC)


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion by Division


Bias Response Protocol

The Bias Response Protocol was created to provide a guideline on how to address and report a bias incident. Regardless if the person witnessed or if it was reported to them, it is our responsibility as upstanding members of the community to act. The steps laid out in the protocol will assist faculty and administrators in the process.

The Bias Response Protocol form is available to faculty, staff and students in the Hub.

The purpose of this protocol is to:

  • Respond to all bias-related incidents  

  • Create and share proactive measures in maintaining a positive and inclusive school climate

  • Take restorative measures as needed

  • Have a finger on the pulse of the school culture

  • Maintain the connection between students, administrators, and faculty around topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Discuss support options for students 

  • Provide support to the Division Directors and Assistant Division Directors

  • Provide support and share resources with faculty and students

This protocol was not created to circumvent the disciplinary process but to run parallel to any disciplinary actions taken by the school. The purpose of the Bias Response Protocol is clearly to identify the steps faculty and administrators should take in the event of a bias incident. Any incident of harassment will follow the policy found in the handbook.

Why did we create it?

  • Protect every person in the community.

  • Rebuild trust.

  • Create a process that focuses on restorative justice.

  • Provide teachers with clear guidelines on how to respond and report bias incidents

  • Create the School Inclusion Committee to provide support to the students, teachers, and administration.

access the bias Response Protocol 

Professional Development for Faculty and Staff


Cheryl Irving Student Diversity Conference

Learn more about Penn Charter's annual student-led DEI conference.



Highlighting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at PC

headshot of Kimberly McGlonn

Dr. McGlonn will speak at Friends Multicultural Day and lead a writing workshop for all divisions, extending her impact beyond the keynote address.

Jameson Ford with 5th graders at MLK Day assembly

In addition to service activities and learning opportunities on and off campus, special remarks were offered by Jameson Ford OPC '20.

woman handing student flower

Lower School Spanish Classes Learn How a Philly Bus Bridges Hispanic Communities to Their Culture

Lessons in Healthy Relationships

A collaboration between an Upper School English teacher and PC's new health, wellness and human sexuality educator shows how topics of gender equity, sexuality and consent inform teaching and learning at Penn Charter.

Get Involved

"You have to join every other movement for the freedom of people."
Bayard Rustin

Below, consider these ways to engage.

The Treaty Elm

In front of the school stands a tree that is a direct descendent of the great elm tree under which William Penn is said to have signed a treaty of friendship with the Lenni Lenape.

Just like that tree, we are deeply rooted in time-honored human values of mutual respect, equality and community that are not open for compromise. This is who we are.

As one of our teachers has said, "That's what I like about coming to school every day. I know that there are some things here that will always be open for improving, but there are some things here that will never change."

Zip Code Map and Data

Each year, Penn Charter draws families from more than 100 zip codes in metropolitan Philadelphia. View the map and data.