Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program

We are a community grounded in engagement, curiosity, growth, and diversity. At Buckley, diversity means we celebrate and embrace differences as well as commonalities and encourage the conversations around them. We view diversity holistically and value it as a strength in our community in which equity and inclusion ensure that every member of our community has access to the full Buckley experience.

The diversity statement affirmed by The Buckley School Board of Trustees calls us to:
  • Establish The Buckley School at the forefront of all independent schools for which diversity, equity, and inclusion are invaluable components of an academic and co-curricular experience, preparing students for college and navigating a global community.
  • Expand the Diversity Initiative with sustainable programs, trainings, professional development opportunities, guest speakers, educational field trips, and other activities to continuously educate all community members.
  • Make equity and inclusion a strategic focus of curriculum development to ensure that the initiative is systematically infused into each classroom and every component of Buckley's philosophy.
  • Increase diversity by actively seeking new and improved ways to retain, support, and recruit diverse student body, faculty, and staff.
Our diversity statement charges the school to commit to these goals and encourages members of the community to consider their personal roles in upholding equity and inclusion for those on campus and beyond. At Buckley, we consistently ask: How will our community be engaged to impact change? 

Diversity is present in our everyday lives. For Buckley students, it is valued in their classrooms and hallways. We invite everyone to be a part of the conversation. Our many diversity events held throughout the year include coffeehouses, potlucks, guest speakers, lunchtime club meetings, and a Diversity Week that mixes food trucks and free T-shirts with more thoughtful assemblies and workshops.

Latinx Heritage Month at Buckley

2019-2020 Diversity Programming

  • Lower School Culture Clubs (Grades K–1, 2-3, 4–5)
  • Diversity Club (Grades 6–8 and Grades 9–12)
  • Cultural assemblies throughout the year
  • Open forums on featured topics during lunch
  • Diversity Club Speaker Series
  • DEI Committee of the Board of Trustees
  • Faculty Diversity Council (Faculty members K–12)
  • Parent education roundtable discussions (held twice a year in conjunction with the Parents’ Association)
  • Affinity groups
  • Annual Diversity Week
Meet the DEI Team

RALINDA WATTS 

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Associate Director of Admission
(818) 783-1610 ext. 769

CHUCK NEDDERMEYER

Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Social Science Teacher
(818) 783-1610 ext. 357

ANTHONY GASKINS

Assistant Director of Admission - Outreach, Affinity Group Advisor
Intersections of Identity & Social Justice Teacher
(818) 783-1610 ext. 708

DEI News

List of 16 news stories.

  • Celebrating Pride Month

    Anthony Gaskins
    It’s Pride month! Pride is a month focused on the celebration of community and the freedom to be unapologetically one’s self.
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  • What Do We Do Next: An Antiracist Book List

    Ralinda Watts
    What do we do next to begin the process of moving from non-racist to anti-racist; as an individual, as a family, as a community, and as a society? Long overdue, this moment calls us to engage, speak up, speak out, and make the necessary changes needed in the acknowledgement of our collective responsibility to fight racial injustice.
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  • MLK Young Dreamers for Justice

    Student Ella R. helped found an organization called MLK Young Dreamers for Justice, created with The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, to bring teens from all different communities together to fight for social justice through friendship and service.
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  • An Update from the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

    Chuck Neddermeyer & Ralinda Watts
    Throughout these unprecedented times, the Office of DEI continues their engagement, connection, facilitation, and participation in conversations locally, regionally, and nationally through a lens of equity. 
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  • MLK Day of Service

    Lower School students and their families came to school on MLK Day, honoring Dr. King’s legacy on Buckley’s annual MLK Day of Service.
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  • DEI in Lower School

    Sabine Abadou and Cydney Junius
    The Lower School community began the year by continuing meaningful exchanges through the Sharing Our Stories program and K-5 Culture Clubs.
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  • Intersections of Identity Field Trip

    On Tuesday, October 22, the entire ninth grade class visited different neighborhoods within Los Angeles during an Intersections of Identity field trip.
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  • Social Justice Symposia

    The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is hosting its fall symposia on Monday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 8.
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  • Author Roda Ahmed Visits Buckley

    Have you ever heard of Mae Jemison?
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  • Buckley Celebrates Black History Month

    To celebrate Black History Month, Lower, Middle, and Upper School students attended an assembly led by the Black Student Union (BSU), “Migrations, Music, and the Movement.”
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  • Buckley Honors Lunar New Year

    Various student groups across campus honored Lunar New Year, which commenced on Tuesday, February 5.
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  • Lower School Families Come to School on MLK Day

    Instead of going skiing, many Lower School students and their families came to school on MLK Day, honoring Dr. King’s humanitarian efforts on Buckley’s seventh-annual MLK Day of Service.
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  • Social Justice Symposium Week

    How often do you think about buying lunch?
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  • Identity and Storytelling Series

    The Office of Equity and Inclusion and the English Department welcomed guests from Flintridge Prep, including student speaker, Leon Kuo, Dr. Tyke O’Brien, Chair of the English Department, and Ms. Ingrid Herskind, History Faculty and Global Studies Coordinator, for our Identity and Storytelling Series.
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  • Buckley Attends NAIS Conferences

    Buckley students and faculty members attended the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) and People of Color Conference (PoCC) in Nashville.
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  • Intersections of Identity Field Trip

    On Thursday, November 15, the entire ninth grade experienced Los Angeles during the first installment of their Intersections of Identity Field Trip as part of their service learning requirement.
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