Equity, Inclusion, and Compassionate Leadership (EICL) at EPS

At EPS, we recognize that learning and working in the twenty-first century require all students to know how to build, work within, and be appreciative of a diverse community.  Equity, inclusion and compassionate leadership are at the core of helping us to fulfill our vision of inspiring our students “to create a better world.”

Equity: Fair and just treatment of all through the creation of opportunities to address privilege and power imbalances.

Inclusion: Active, intentional, and ongoing creation of an environment in which all members of the community “share a sense of belonging, mutual respect, and being valued for who they are.” (Miller & Katz, 2002)

Compassionate Leadership: The capacity to open to the reality of another’s suffering and to work toward its healing.

EPS is dedicated to advancing equity, inclusion, and compassionate leadership throughout all aspects of the school—in the classroom, the hallways, faculty and administrative meetings, and beyond. Building such a community is a constantly evolving process that requires flexibility, trust, and commitment to the idea that all people share a common humanity.

Bess McKinney
Equity and Inclusion Coordinator

“When I first walked onto the EPS campus, I was struck by the sense of community here—by the kindness and connectedness I observed around me.  Since that time, I’ve seen the ways in which our students and adults support one another and try, in small and big ways, to build a more equitable, inclusive, and compassionate world.

My work is to build upon this culture and support all our families.  This means increasing our capacity to talk about identity and difference and our understanding of the ways in which we are deeply interconnected.”
-Bess McKinney

Teachers at EPS are encouraged to provide windows and mirrors for their students in the classroom—encouraging students to see themselves and others in the curriculum—and are expected to pursue cultural competency in their professional development. To aid faculty in this work, time is dedicated to EICL learning during professional development days and faculty have heard from nationally recognized experts in the field including Julie Lythcott-Haims, Aidan Key, and Rosetta Lee. Faculty and staff are also able to join the EICL Co-Learning Group which meets monthly to discuss a wide range of topics related to EICL.  Opportunities to engage with equity and inclusion work off-campus are also available for faculty, including attendance at the National Association of Independent School’s People of Color Conference.