Diversity, Culture & Belonging
Our Commitment to Diversity, Culture & Belonging
At Albuquerque Academy, a commitment to diversity, culture, and belonging means that we dedicate ourselves to creating an environment in which all people, regardless of race, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political beliefs, physical disability, ethnicity, socioeconomic level, age, or religion, can thrive. It is the collective responsibility of the Albuquerque Academy community of faculty, students, staff, administration, and parents to make this environment conducive to learning and to foster mutual respect among all community members. Our director of diversity and inclusivity also assists in this area.
Diversity on our campus manifests our acceptance of the fact that we are part of a world community and that we appreciate the possibilities of the broad spectrum of humanity. To that end, we intend to weave diversity education into all aspects of school life where appropriate.
Specifically, a commitment to diversity, culture, and belonging requires that each of us examines unquestioned or traditional attitudes and beliefs about differences and suspend those that are inappropriate. It also requires that we exert an effort to model behavior that reveals our respect and appreciation for differences. To facilitate the examination of our own belief systems and behaviors, diverse curricular materials, student common times, and training programs for faculty and staff on such matters will be part of the fiber of this academic community.
In this commitment, we prepare ourselves for the diverse and interconnected world in which we live.
Greetings from Albuquerque Academy’s Office of Diversity, Culture, and Belonging!
Albuquerque Academy is guided by our mission when it comes to diversity, culture, and belonging (DCB). We strive daily to value and affirm diversities of all types, and to create a truly “caring, inclusive, and just community.” We try to ensure that we educate the whole child including, among other areas, a focus on academics, the arts, athletics, and socio-emotional and character development. We also seek to develop global citizens who are open and prepared to work toward an understanding and respect for differences. Cultural understanding and self-awareness, in addition to inclusive practices such as communicating across difference, have also become part of the essential 21st-century skillset required by colleges and employers worldwide. We also believe that academic excellence could not exist without diverse perspectives. Learning to celebrate difference and to have compassion for others should be an intentional effort enriched through education and dialogue around the topic. DCB efforts are a shared partnership across all sectors of the community and ongoing goals for the Academy as a whole. The Office of Diversity, Culture, and Belonging, located in Brown Hall, has an open-door policy for additional support. The Academy owns and celebrates the richness diversity brings and strives to move forward with an ongoing hunger for learning from, and with, each other, centering compassion and respect, to be “a caring, inclusive, and just community.”
Director of Diversity, Culture & Belonging