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Office of Diversity

Governing every decision concerning diversity at Orchard House are the following goals:

  • Diversity is mission driven.
  • We will create a learning community where diversity, in all of its multiplicity, is valued and respected by our students, faculty and staff, and parents.
  • In our community, we recognize the NAIS Big 8. However, we extend and expand the Big 8 to look comprehensively at experience, point of view, and voice as critical to the moral and intellectual life of the school.
  • We will celebrate diversity in every aspect of our school.
  • We will ask our community to consider a variety of ways to solve problems, reflect on different points of view, and immerse themselves in the context.
  • Looking at local and national programs as guides to the ever-changing backdrop of global diversity, we will continue to create new initiatives as we expand our community. We will also explore ways to develop further our current programming and outreach in order to strengthen current diversity initiatives.
  • Using diversity, Orchard House will continue to recognize the opportunities to explore and learn about the complex world in which we live.

In order to further the school’s diversity goals, the Office of Diversity:

  • Serves as a resource to parents, students, and staff
  • Consults with administration and staff on how best to serve a diverse population
  • Facilitates community dialogue
  • Mediates racial and cultural misperceptions
  • Counsels and mentors students
  • Assists in the development of a multicultural curriculum
  • Provides diversity and mediation training for faculty and students
  • Represents Orchard House regionally

Purpose of RED Group:

RED Group (Respecting Everyone’s Differences) is a student group whose members use their personal and collective voice to raise awareness of the diversity, varying perspectives, and inequities within their communities.



Black Like Me – 35th Anniversary Edition (Signet, 1996) by John Howard Griffin
Invisible Man (Knopf Publishing Group, 1995) by Ralph Ellison
The Fire Next Time (Knopf Publishing Group, 1993) by James Baldwin
The Other Wes Moore One Name, Two Fates (Spielgel & Grau Trade Paperbacks, 2011) by Wes Moore

Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria (Perseus Publishing, 2002) by Beverly Daniel Tatum
Can We Talk About Race? (Beacon Press, 2007) by Beverly Daniel Tatum
I’m Chocolate, You’re Vanilla (Jossey-Bass Inc Publishers, 1998) by Marguerite Wright
White Like Me (Soft Skull Press, 2007) by Tim Wise
White Privilege (Worth Publishers, Inc, 2004) by Paula Rothenburg
Uprooting Racism (New Society Publishers, 2002) by Paul Kive
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1998) by Anne Fadiman
Bamboo Among The Oaks: Contemporary Writing by Hmong Americans 
(Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002) by Mai Neng Moua

Independent School Issues

Black Ice (Knopf Publishing Group, 1992) by Loraine Carey
The Fall of Rome (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, 2003) by Martha Southgate


We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know, 2nd ed. (Teacher College Press, 2006) by Gary Howard
Affirming Diversity (Allyn & Bacon, 2004) by Sonia Nieto

Sexual Orientation

Setting Them Straight (Penguin Publishers, 1996) by Betty Berzon
Middlesex (Publisher: Picador USA, 2007) by Jeffrey Eugenides

Schools and Segregation

Amazing Grace (HarperCollins Publishers, 1996) by Jonathon Kozol
The Shame of the Nation (Crown Publishing Group, 2006) by Jonathon Kozol
There Are No Children Here (Knopf Publishing Group, 1992) by Alex Klotiwitz

Hip Hop

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The History of Hip Hop (Publisher: Picador USA, 2005) by Jeff Chang 
Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America (Wesleyan University Press, 1994) by Tricia Rose


The History of God (Random House, Inc, 1994) by Karen Armstrong
When Religion Becomes Evil (HarperCollins Publishers, 2003) by Charles Kimball


Limbo: Blue Collar Roots, White Collar Dreams (John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2005) by Alfred Lubrano
Nickled and Dimed (Henry Holt & Co, Inc., 2002) by Barbara Ehrenreich
The Working Poor: Invisible in America (Knopf Publishing Group, 2005) by David K. Shipler


Blink (Little, Brown, & Company, 2007) by Malcolm Gladwell

Web Sites

http://www.pbs.race/race - This site is sponsored by PBS and has aired multiple times. You can use the activities on this website to explain what race is, how it’s used, history, and so on. There are interactive activities for teachers and students to help create critical discussions on race. - Site offers comprehensive view of Muslims for preparatory activities that accompanies use of the video. Also, has basic information on Islam and practices. - offers activities that educate on economic class
National Association of Independent Schools, See Equity and Justice 
Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered People 
The Tolerance Project, a Web project of the Southern Poverty Law Center - tests that show preferences