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Engaging our Differences

The Bertschi community is nurturing a generation who will contribute to a culturally-diverse and global society with integrity, respect, compassion, and a commitment to equity.

The Work of DEI at Bertschi School:

Intentional curriculum in each grade level promotes age and developmentally appropriate content to stimulate learning in the areas of identity, diversity, justice and action.

A courageous and dynamic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee composed of faculty, staff, Board members, and parents works to ensure our commitments are achieved and new initiatives move the work forward.

DEI work is one of three strategic pillars in Bertschi's 2018+ Strategic Plan.

Capacity-building events and activities for faculty, staff, students, and parents featuring local and national experts on topics such as Media Literacy, Gender Diversity, Multicultural Education, Cultural Competency, Race and Privilege, and Anti-bias Awareness. Recent visiting professionals at Bertschi have included Dr. Heather Clark, Rosetta Lee, and Maketa Wilborn.

Connections with our broader community extend and enhance our commitment. This year Bertschi has partnered with the Hilltop Educator Discussion Series to share in important conversations with local educators.

Bertschi's active and engaged Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee hosts events to build community affinity spaces for families. Events like the LGBTQ family playdate, a celebration of Juneteenth at the NW African-American Museum, and Coffee and Conversation for Families of Color bring people together to engage in their common experiences and their differences.