Critical Race Training in Education

Trinity School

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Mailing Address
139 West 91st Street
New York, New York 10024
Phone
(212) 873-1650
School Information
"The conversation between student and teacher is the heart of our school; all that we do must be born of and nourish that relationship. We are called to challenge the minds, fire the imaginations, and train the bodies of the young people who have been entrusted to us; to enlarge their spiritual lives; and to increase their capacity for mutual and self-respect. We intend to prepare them to learn confidently for the rest of their lives and to give generously and joyfully to others. We can accomplish these things only if we keep our students safe and well while they are in our charge." The school enrolls 1,040 students and has a 13:1 student-faculty ratio. (Source: https://www.trinityschoolnyc.org/about/mission-statement) (Source: https://www.trinityschoolnyc.org/)
General Information
Trinity School has diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs, such as bias training for faculty & staff and the DEI module for sophomore students. In addition to making recommendations on the curriculum, the Anti-Racism Task Force proposed changes to the admissions process, including collecting more identity data from applicants.

Activity

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    As part of its DEI initiative, the school implemented "Three sessions for all incoming faculty and staff that focus on identity development, race and racism, and implicit bias." It also offers professional development for faculty and staff.

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    There is also student engagement through the "Sophomore Seminar - DEI Module" in the Upper School.

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school's "Anti-Racism Task Force (ARTF) produced a set of comprehensive recommendations to help guide Trinity’s DEI efforts." The school defines "equity" as "ensuring that every member of the community has what they need to thrive. Equality is about fairness, but equity is more nuanced and accounts for the fact that each student may need something a little different from the community." The school also stated that, "Our administrators, faculty, and staff aim to support our students as they explore issues of identity in developmentally appropriate ways across all divisions. At Trinity, we believe that DEI is part of a rigorous academic program that will prepare our students to interact with the world in meaningful ways."

  • Admissions Policies

    The Task Force recommended that the school collect more identity data from student applicants (but allow them to self-identify) and to, "Create a focus group to creatively reimagine ways to approach the admission process from an equity perspective."

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    The task force also recommended that the school, "Develop a model for professional development and engagement with DEI issues based on carefully curated small-group cohorts who would learn together over time" and to "Train Middle and Upper School student leaders in leading peer-based identity discussions; consider a similar model in Lower School, as appropriate."

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The Task Force recommended that the school "Ask departments and divisions to develop a process designed to ask important questions of new and existing curriculum," such as "In what ways could teaching this do harm to our students?" The task force also recommended that the school "appoint a group to explore curricular innovations that would provide opportunities for identity exploration and cultural inquiry..."

  • Symbolic Actions

    On August 3, 2020, Trinity School posted on its Facebook page a statement discussing “our nation’s endemic racism” and the need “to engage in the healing work of justice.”

  • Symbolic Actions

    On July 5, 2020, Trinity School released a statement on its Facebook page announcing faculty involvement in a “Concert for Racial Justice.”

  • Symbolic Actions

    On June 22, 2020, Trinity School posted on its Facebook page an announcement concerning new artwork titled “How Can I Talk About Racism?” This post was also featured on its Twitter account.

Last updated October 5th, 2021