The Diversity Program at Priory is geared towards matching our mission and values through individual growth as well as creating a community where all are welcome.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION MISSION STATEMENT
The Woodside Priory School, following its Benedictine history and tradition, believes strongly in social justice and progressive change for the advancement of the world. As such, we are deeply committed to equity and inclusion in our community: for students, faculty, and staff who come from underrepresented backgrounds. Nearly half our student population are students of color who come from various socioeconomic, ethnic, and regional backgrounds. The Priory thrives on this diversity. We as a school recognize, appreciate, and celebrate the many identities that make up our community. The Priory is constantly striving and working to be a better place - a place where all people feel safe, supported, and celebrated. Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (faculty and staff) works with many student groups, as well as the school administration, to ensure that all voices are heard. As members of a Benedictine community, we are constantly learning and moving forward together.
“The spirit of the Lord is upon me,
for he has anointed me to bring Good
News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives
will be released,
that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free,
and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come” (Luke 4:18)
Diversity Programs at the Priory
At Priory we have several programs that fall under Diversity. From wraparound support services such as The Access Program to summer support for rising 8th graders known as The Bridge Program, Priory is active in ensuring equity and inclusion for all students. The Diversity committee is also constantly looking for ways to improve teacher development and the student experience to help create a diverse environment where experiences are shared and ultimately incorporated into our school culture. Through membership at organizations like POCIS and POCC, we are finding ways to provide teacher and student leadership opportunities.