• Statement of Diversity


The Importance of Diversity

Preparing for a Changing World

Diversity at Nashoba Brooks encompasses differences in race, ethnic and religious heritage, socio-economic background, family structure, sexual orientation, geographic origin, and learning style. We would like to see such diversity in the composition of our student body, faculty, and trustees, but it should also extend to the academic curriculum and library holdings, to hallway discussions and athletics, to all aspects of daily life at the school. The awareness and cultivation and experience of diversity is a way of being in the world. It is a celebration of life and its infinite potentials.

Nashoba Brooks is dedicated to both the intellectual and personal growth of its students. Both of these goals are furthered and enhanced by diversity. Both are obstructed by the homogeneity of a school community and its culture.

Diversity provides our students with an appreciation for the breadth and the richness of human culture. In educating our students about the world, we must continually remind them and ourselves that most of the world is very different from Concord, Massachusetts. The world is a strange and fascinating place, filled with different landscapes and cities, different painting and music, different religions, different races and rituals and beliefs.

Diversity, at its deepest level, encourages the examination of different ways of thinking about problems, different ways of understanding the worlds. Many of the greatest achievements in the sciences, in the humanities, and in the arts have come from men and women able to bring different disciplines to a problem and to ponder from different perspectives. Important discoveries in biology have come from people first trained as physicists. Novelists have been transformed by travels out of their native country. The boundaries between academic and artistic disciplines, methodologies, and even modes of thought are often artificial and unnecessarily restrictive. Diversity helps give our students the mentality and skills to break through these boundaries.

As a practical matter, diversity prepares our students for occupations and leadership in a world that is changing. In recent years, a national consciousness of the importance of diversity, greater opportunities for minorities, and the increasingly international nature of business brought about by high-speed communication and global travel have all diversified the office buildings and institutions of America. Tomorrow's successful workers, citizens, and leaders will need to relate to people of many different ethnic and cultural heritages.

No less important than the intellectual and practical value of diversity are its contributions to human and personal growth. In attempting to provide our children with the awareness and maturity to make moral choices, what better can we do than expose them to a variety of life experiences, from which they can draw lessons for their own lives? In attempting to instill in our children self-respect and respect for other people, what better can we do than place them in a living environment of many different peoples and life circumstances and traditions? In attempting to provoke in our children the life-long desire to constantly question who they are and their place in the world, how better can we serve them than to challenge them with the incomparable diversity and possibilities of the world and its people? Above all, diversity helps us to escape complacency—complacency in thinking there is always one correct answer or approach to a problem, complacency in believing that our values are right and the other person's are wrong, complacency with ourselves and our creative potential. Diversity is the richness of nature, the constant questioning that leads to discovery, the grand challenge to live and to grow.