Potomac's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike
-- Maya Angelou
E Pluribus Unum: Out of many, One
-- Seal of the United States
The Potomac School prepares students for lives of purpose, achievement, and generosity of spirit. Our commitment to welcome, appreciate, and interact productively with people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives is essential to achieving this mission.
At Potomac, we are a connected community. We learn from one another, and we firmly believe that our community is intellectually strengthened and morally enriched by the presence of many different voices and viewpoints.
As we accept, learn from, and celebrate difference at our school, we also work together to uphold the principles that form the foundation of the Potomac community – our core values, a commitment to mutual support, and a shared focus on the common good. We expect everyone at Potomac to demonstrate integrity and respect for all individuals and to act in the best interests of others and the community as a whole.
In harmony with these convictions, we are committed to the following:
- To be a school where all students, faculty, staff, families, and alumni are respected and valued and demonstrate the same respect toward others.
- To recruit and employ the most talented faculty and staff from a variety of backgrounds.
- To enroll capable students from diverse backgrounds and ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to learn, grow, and benefit from everything that The Potomac School offers.
- To promote an understanding of others in our community, nation, and world.
- To advance our own growth by working to connect with and understand others, especially those whose backgrounds, voices, or viewpoints differ from our own.
- To be courageous in the pursuit of justice in our community and in the world.
What is Cultural Competence?
- Cultural competence is the ability to work effectively across differences with curiosity, humility, and non-judgment.
- Cultural competency 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.”
What is Diversity?
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.
-- Alison Park