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.
“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.”