DEI at Buckley

Buckley's Diversity Statement

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.

Clubs & Organizations

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

Family Affinity Groups

Heritage Families
Latino(a)/Hispanic Family Network
LAMBDA Family Network
Asian Family Network
Middle Eastern/North African Family Network

Student Affinity Groups

Diaspora Affinity Group 
Students who identify as African American (grades 6-12)

Latinos Unidos

Students who identify as hispanic or Latinx (grades 9-12)

LAMBDA Affinity Group (grades 6-12)

Asian American Student Association (grades 9-12)

Middle Eastern/North African Affinity Group (grades 8-12)

DEI News

List of 20 news stories.

  • Slam Poet Andre Bradford Teaches Empathy Through Storytelling

    Buckley students and faculty went on a rollercoaster of emotions as motivational speaker Andre Bradford gave us a glimpse into his life at the Fall 2021 DEI Symposium through his art form -- slam poetry.
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  • Student-Led DEI Symposia a Success!

    The Buckley School’s DEI Symposia kicked off this week -- a series of sessions designed to create spaces for deepening and broadening our community's understanding of the experiences of underrepresented groups. 
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  • Women's History Month & Nowruz at Buckley

    During Women’s History Month, we strive to honor the accomplished and visionary women who have helped build our global community, including those whose contributions have not been adequately recognized and celebrated.
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  • Update on Living Our Mission: Anti-Racist Programs & Practices

    Earlier this year, Buckley launched its plan, Living Our Mission: Anti-Racist Programs & Practices. Today, we're excited to share an update.
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  • Black History Month at Buckley

    In an effort to continue building upon Dr. King’s legacy of service to the community, the Office of DEI partnered with The Valley of Change to develop a daily calendar filled with action opportunities.
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  • DEI Symposia Are A Success!

    This week, Middle and Upper School students attended the January DEI Symposia. 
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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day

    While we may not be able to physically gather this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, the Buckley Service Program was able to organize a no-contact, COVID-cautious volunteer opportunity to give back to the community in the spirit of service and racial justice.
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  • Spirit Day at Buckley

    Spirit Day is a time to stand with LGBTQ+ youth. On the heels of last week's DEI symposia, the Buckley community engaged in programming around Spirit Day to celebrate diversity and uplift different identities. 
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  • DEI Symposia Are a Success!

    On Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9, the Buckley School's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion presented the DEI Symposium 2020: Exploring Justice through Social Change and Identity.
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  • Living Our Mission: Anti-Racist Programs & Practices

    Today Buckley launched its plan: Living Our Mission: Anti-Racist Programs & Practices. 
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  • 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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