Community Life & Diversity


“We intend an Oakwood Education to foster a sense of community. We seek to create a vibrant public life in the school, where students learn to express themselves fluently and responsibly, and to consider differing perspectives respectfully. We believe that an environment most conducive to learning and growth is diverse and inclusive.”

—from Oakwood's Statement of Philosophy

Reflecting the values at the core of our Statement of Philosophy, Oakwood is committed to fostering an inclusive academic and social environment where every member of our community is valued and feels a sense of belonging.

Elementary School

Our students, from kindergarten on, experience difference and learn that character is more than skin-deep. Opportunities for actively teaching students about the need for open-mindedness and affirmation of different perspectives arise through Morning Meetings as well as in the classroom. The curriculum reaches into a variety of cultures for lessons in social studies, the arts, science, reading, field trips, and the celebration of a multitude of holidays.

Secondary School

Oakwood Secondary School continuously strives to create a trusting, respectful, and inclusive learning environment and culture, inside and outside the classroom, where students feel confident to express and develop their own voice, values, and gifts. Our students gain the skills and knowledge to critically explore and assess their own and others’ assumptions and biases in order to reach less binary, more nuanced conclusions and to understand problems and solutions from multiple points of view. Here, students can form authentic, meaningful, and rich relationships across areas of difference. Our goal is to connect, empower, and support students, as well as promote the richness and diversity of their cultures within and outside of Oakwood.

Student groups are one way that students, faculty, and parents are engaged to think about diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to translate thoughts into actions.

Affinity Groups provide a space for people who have an identifier in common (e.g. race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, family status, etc.) and can speak to the experience of being a member of the group from an “I” perspective. Some examples are the Asian Affinity Group, CAAMASO (Connecting African, African American and Multiracial African American Students at Oakwood), the Jewish Affinity Group, the Learning Affinity Group, and Somos Unidos. 

Alliance Groups bring together people who have common commitments to an identifier group and are for individuals who identify as members of the group and/or as people who support and stand in solidarity with that group. This category includes groups such as the Rainbow Alliance and the Gender Equality Club at Oakwood. 

Interest Groups welcome people who want to learn about, share, and engage in a special interest, hobby, skill, or topic. Examples of current interest groups on campus are the Cultural Awareness Association (CAA), Oakwood students for Progressive Reform (OSPR), and Girls Learn International (GLI).

Events & Programs

At Oakwood, we believe it is important to make time during the school day and beyond to reflect on issues of diversity. We come together as a community to explore our commitment to this core value on a regular basis through a number of established events and programs.

Diversity Week is a student-initiated event first launched in 2006 as “Diversity Day.” This annual celebration focuses our school community on the critical exploration of issues of difference, equity, justice, inclusion, and positive identity development. Activities include featured speakers, affinity group meetings, student-designed workshops, and more.

Voices Envisioned is a series of events for Oakwood students, families, and our faculty, staff, and administrators to explore important issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. Sponsored by the Parent Organization Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and Linda Rose-Winters, Director of Diversity Programs, it has featured presentations and appearances by many prominent authors, artists, activist, and educators. 

Women|Space is a biennial conference held on campus that hosts esteemed speakers and stimulating workshops, offering students and families the opportunity to explore topics of gender and gender equity while also expressing our community's dedication to justice for all. 

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