Diversity 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, among the first to educate girls and to offer financial aid.
The "Big 14"
The "Big 14" are core social identifiers that we can use to better understand and discuss the diverse identities that make up our community:
- Body image
- Gender expression
- Gender identity
- Home language
- Sexual orientation
- Social class
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Antonio Williams, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Ruth McGee, Upper School Diversity Coordinator, Visual Arts and Design Teacher
Check here for reading recommendations from the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee!
From the Dress-Up Corner to the Senior Prom: Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK-12 Schools