A Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Potomac School is committed to respecting and celebrating diversity. The members of our community represent a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives, and we believe that the presence of diverse voices and viewpoints enriches the Potomac experience for everyone. As individuals and as a community, we are committed to ensuring a welcoming, inclusive, and equitable environment and continuing to develop cultural competence. This commitment is articulated in our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement.
Potomac offers an array of programs that support the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Two working groups – our Cultural Competence Curriculum Team and our Parent Association's Cultural Competence Committee – coordinate many of these initiatives.
Cultural Competence CURRICULUM Team (CCCT)
Comprising faculty and staff from all four Potomac divisions, the Cultural Competence Curriculum Team is an important resource for the school community. The team provides professional development opportunities that focus on equity, cultural competence curriculum, and culturally responsive teaching.
Parent Association Cultural Competence Committee (PACCC)
This committee meets monthly to discuss issues related to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Working with the school administration, the committee plans programs that support Potomac's cultural competence goals; recent programs have included visits by distinguished guest speakers and screenings of relevant films. Additionally, the PACCC helps to organize Potomac's annual Around the World event -- a celebration of the diverse ethnic and cultural heritages of the school community.
Food for Thought...
Diversity refers to those differences in identity that impact our social experiences, including status and access to resources. The impacts of those differences play out for entire groups of people, not just individuals. Diversity is always social and contextual. Diversity includes majority and normative identities.
What is equity?
As opposed to treating every individual equally (i.e. identically), equity practice presumes diversity and strives to equalize the ability to thrive by recognizing and addressing unfair cultural and institutional biases and discrimination.
- Cultural competence is the ability to work effectively across differences with curiosity, humility, and non-judgment.
- Cultural competence is the ability to do your best work with people who aren't you.
- Cultural competence is the application of knowledge, awareness, and skills that lead to effective interactions across individual, group, and institutional level differences. The outcomes of these interactions consistently result in respectful, inclusive, and equitable relationships, treatment, and systems.