Over the course of the 2012-2013 school year, the Diversity Committee of the Board of Trustees conducted a schoolwide Community Diversity Assessment.
Members of the entire community—parents, trustees, faculty and staff, and Middle School students—had opportunities to participate through focus groups and online surveys.
Under the guidance of Eileen Sweeney Craddock, Diversity Committee chair, and Kim Ridley, Assistant Head for Faculty Professional Growth and Multicultural Practice, consultant Susan Saxon led the data collection and analysis and compiled the results. Complete sets of the data are available in the Joukowsky Family Library.
The findings were presented to parents, staff and faculty at a series of forums, and formed the basis for the eight action steps approved by the Board of Trustees in June.
Major findings included:
The majority of parent respondents (90%) felt connected to the Gordon community and were satisfied with their children’s academic (93%) and social experiences (94%).
73% of parents surveyed reported the institutional commitment to diversity was a significant factor in attracting them to Gordon.
82% reported their experiences at Gordon have strengthened their commitment to diversity, inclusion, and multicultural education.
While many respondents expressed appreciation for Gordon’s efforts in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and multicultural education, nearly 20% of respondents said that Gordon is not racially diverse and expressed desire for improvement in this area. Many respondents among this subset identified a lack of racial diversity specifically with respect to African American and Latino families.
A lack of socioeconomic diversity and awareness across the Gordon community was a concern for approximately 35% of the parent participants. Many respondents expressed the view that Gordon is already addressing racial diversity, and wished for expansion of current initiatives to also include socioeconomics.
Efforts to address socioeconomic diversity, and improving parent communication and education, topped the list of suggestions for improvement.