Diversity & Inclusion

For NCS Students

List of 15 items.

  • Asian American Student Association

    This club aims to highlight the cultures of students with heritage or connections to countries in Asia and awareness about the connection of that identity today. (grades 9-12)
  • Black Student Union

    This club, established in 1985, promotes the history and culture of the black community. BSU meetings are designated as either “club” meetings open to all students or “affinity” meetings for students who identify as black/African American. (grades 7-12)
  • Center for Ethical Leadership and Service

    The essential questions driving the center’s activities—What does an ethical leader do? Who am I in the context of the world in which I live? What is my responsibility to building a just world?—are central to NCS’s diversity program in designing curriculum on identity development, effective communication, and social justice. (grades 4-12)
  • Current Conversations

    This lunchtime gathering discusses current topics related to diversity or social justice. (grades 4-6)
  • Diversity Forum

    Each year in April, NCS dedicates a day to exploring topics of diversity, identity, and social justice among all students and faculty. Students select each year’s theme, and students and faculty facilitate programs along with outside speakers. Themes have included Allyship (2016), Media Matters (2017), the American Dream (2018), Ability (2019), and fLAWed (2020). (grades 4-12)
  • Equity Board

    An arm of student government, the board comprises nine student members elected by their peers to make NCS more equitable for all students. The Equity Board president is a senior chosen by Upper School students, and each grade elects two students as representatives for the year. (grades 9-12)
  • Gender and Sexuality Alliance

    This student-run club explores issues related to gender and sexuality at NCS and, more broadly, in our society and world. It seeks to foster a climate at NCS in which students feel safe and empowered to live as valued members of our community. (Grades 7-12)
  • Jewish Student Union

    This student-run club offers space for students to celebrate Jewish identity and culture. It discusses different faith traditions that Jewish students experience and current events as they relate to Jewish identity. The club welcomes students of Jewish heritage or students interested in learning more about Judaism. (grades 9-12)
  • Kente Cloth Ceremony

    Held since 1994, this annual spring event inducts seniors who identify as black/African-American as members of the Black Alumnae Association. Inductees receive Kente cloth sashes, which they may wear at Commencement. (grade 12)
  • Latino Student Union

    This student club aims to highlight the cultures of students with heritage or connections to Latin America. (grades 9-12)
  • Leadership Seminar: Courageous Dialogue

    This after-school, elective course teaches critical tools and skills to lead courageous dialogue related to equity, diversity, and social justice. The course culminates with a leadership project in which students facilitate a courageous dialogue among their peers. (Grades 7-8)
  • MLK Program

    The day after the federal holiday honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., NCS follows a special schedule, allowing all students to participate in programming in honor of Dr. King. The day typically features guest speakers. (grades 4-12)
  • NMAAHC, Through Discover D.C. Day

    Each Lower School grade heads into downtown Washington for a required, combined curricular experience. The destinations include the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the tour of which supplements the U.S. history curriculum. (Grade 5)
  • Student Diversity Leadership Conference

    Six students are selected each year to attend the conference as NCS representatives. They develop leadership skills that will create change in their schools and communities and lead activities within the school upon their return. (Grades 9-12)
  • Vernot-Jonas Family Fellowship

    Established in 2017, this fellowship provides financial support for students with innovative ideas and demonstrated passion in creating a more inclusive and just society. (Grades 10-11)

For NCS Adults

List of 8 items.

  • Affinity Groups

    Faculty and staff are invited to participate in affinity groups, led by a designated faculty member. Affinity groups provide a space for reflection, dialogue and support, and they create opportunities for empowerment of the individual and of the group within the greater community. They are spaces where each person can authentically speak from the "I" perspective as part of that common Affinity. Six Affinity Groups serve NCS faculty/staff: Latino/a, Black/African American Women, LGBTQ, White Anti-Racist Allies, Beyond Episcopalian, and NCS Men.
  • Black Alumnae Association

    An alumnae group started in 1990. Members do not pay fees to join, and most events are open to all alumnae. Its programming includes an annual holiday brunch in December and a gathering during Reunion.
  • Diversity Committee

    Comprised of faculty, administrators, and Athletics Department staff, this committee spearheads diversity initiatives throughout the year. Members are chosen based on their commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by their experiences, training, and/or ability to lead this work in their respective areas.
  • Diversity Forum

    Each year in April, NCS dedicates a day to exploring topics of diversity, identity, and social justice among all students and faculty. Students select each year’s theme, and students and faculty facilitate programs along with outside speakers. Themes have included Allyship (2016), Media Matters (2017), the American Dream (2018), Ability (2019), and fLAWed (2020). The evening before Diversity Forum, a dinner and discussion gives NCS parents the chance to preview the activities as participants.
  • In[clusive]-House Day

    This day of professional development activities is held during end-of-year faculty/staff meetings. NCS faculty and staff lead workshops to highlight the ways they make NCS an inclusive learning environment for all students. The activities cover a range of topics and leave participants with more knowledge and appreciation of the incredible work faculty and staff do.
  • People of Color Conference

  • Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity

    This professional development opportunity for faculty and staff helps participants develop a more inclusive, equitable and culturally responsive outlook and practice. SEED consists of 10 interactive seminars over the course of a school year. Since 2016, NCS SEED seminars have also included faculty from Beauvoir.
  • Upper School Student Life Committee

    This group gathers faculty and staff who work in specific areas of student life, including the dean of student life, the senior chaplain, the Upper School counselor, the Upper School assistant dean of students, the director of diversity and multicultural education, and the head of Upper School. The committee discusses ideas, concerns, and program initiatives to best coordinate efforts that support Upper School students outside the classroom.

Welcome

National Cathedral School welcomes the diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives of the individuals in this community. We treasure what each person brings to NCS.
 
The ongoing process of cultivating each student's identity related to gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, family history, appearance, abilities, and beliefs is a commitment shared by the faculty, staff, administration, and Governing Board. NCS aims to ensure that students take advantage of the school's opportunities and embrace their time here as an environment where they feel welcome, safe, and challenged to grow and learn.
 
We strive to imbue our classrooms with informed multicultural curriculum and pedagogy, to design student-life programs that encourage a deep sense of belonging, to raise awareness of inequities in society, and to surround ourselves with a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff that enrich our daily interactions. We invite everyone connected to the NCS community to join with us on this journey.