Diversity, Equity, and Community

Tatnall’s Mission states that each graduate will be prepared "to assume the important role of a responsible member of society in all its diversity."
The Tatnall School embraces diversity in all forms of human identity, such as race, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion, and socioeconomic status. Therefore, in order to support our Mission, the school is committed to recognizing the existing diversity of our community, to respecting the uniqueness of each member, and to creating a culture that is inclusive, welcoming, and safe for all. Our community expects interactions that welcome and respect all students, families, faculty, staff, and trustees.

Since a core value of our community is excellence, we must recognize that diversity, and the pursuit of equity and justice are essential to creating a welcoming academic environment where students of diverse representations grow and learn from each other. 
Thus, The Tatnall School adapts to human differences appropriate to its Mission in order to provide the best possible education for lifelong learning, service to the community, and preparation for an ethical, productive, joyful life in a complex and changing world. 

Resources and Ways to Combat Racial Injustice

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Student Focused Initiatives and Programs

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  • DEC Conference Attended

    The Mid-Atlantic Region Diversity Conference was started by a group of students and their advisors from Abington Friends School and Perkiomen School in the 2012-2013 school year. The goal was to have a regional student-led diversity experience. In its eighth year, MARD now serves over 300 students from over 30 different schools each year. The conference includes racial and cultural affinity groups, student-led discussions, a keynote address from noted activist and speaker Rodney Glasgow, and time for fun and fellowship.

    Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC)
    The NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9-12) from across the U.S. and abroad. SDLC focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community. Led by a diverse team of trained adult and peer facilitators, participating students develop cross-cultural communication skills, design effective strategies for social justice practice through dialogue and the arts, and learn the foundations of allyship and networking principles. In addition to large group sessions, SDLC "family groups" and "home groups" allow for dialogue and sharing in smaller units.
    Springside Chestnut Hill Diversity Conference (SCHOUT)
    Annual diversity conference organized by student leaders to discuss themes of identity and social justice.
    Diversity in the DMV Conference
    Join students and educators for a day of engagement, learning, networking, and planning for our own development and our school's efforts in diversity and inclusion. Click here to learn more.

    ADL’s Youth Leadership Conference: Exploring Diversity, Challenging Hate 
    The goal of the conference is to bring together student leaders to explore the value of diversity, participate in anti-bias workshops and learn practical tips and techniques that they can bring back to their own schools to initiate change in school culture. 
  • DEC Speaker Series

    Anne Jaffe
    A motivational speaker, Holocaust survivor, and Tatnall grandparent, Anne has presented her inspiring message to both large assemblies and intimate classrooms over the past ten years. Speaking with teachers and students to deliver a message of hope and acceptance of difference. Anne also chairs the Speakers’ Bureau of Delaware’s Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Committee that encourages individuals to spread her message of hope and acceptance. 
    Dr. Michael Fowlin
    Dr. Fowlin’s programs combine both his professional acting talents and his psychological training. His mission is to create an atmosphere of worldwide inclusion, not just tolerance, towards all people. He has worked extensively with all age groups in the United States and other countries. His work has included peer mediation, diversity trainings, gender equity workshops, and violence prevention seminars.
    Katie Koestner
    Katie Koestner, one of the nation’s most sought-after experts on student safety and healthy relationships, is the first woman in the United States to speak out nationally and publicly as the victim of campus “date” rape at age 18. Katie has been featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, CNN, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Later Today, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight, and other national television programs.
    Dr. Jennifer L. Lambe
    Associate Professor, Dept. of Communication at the University of Delaware, conducted an interactive presentation with our 9th grade students about Stereotypes in Media. Students were engaged in questions about the representation of different identities in films and how it may influence our perception of those identities. Read more about Dr. Lambe.
    Andre Lee
    An acclaimed filmmaker, director, and producer. André wrote, directed, and produced the autobiographical documentary, The Prep School Negro. André served as producer on the documentary feature, I’m Not Racist…Am I? He has embarked on international outreach workshop tours and has held hundreds of workshops at high schools, colleges, gatherings, and conferences around the world for both films.

    Dr. Ali Michael:
    Ali Michael, Ph.D., is the co-founder and director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators, and the author of Raising Race Questions: Whiteness, Inquiry and Education, winner of the 2017 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award. Her current research and writing focus on supporting teachers to mitigate the unintentional, pervasive effects of institutional and individual racism in their classrooms. She also studies how white families racially socialize their children. (alimichael.org)

    Dr. Loni Tabb:
    Since she arrived at Drexel University, she has collaborated on various projects involving the intersection of health, place, and time. Specifically, she uses statistics and geography to answer important questions like: “Does living in certain neighborhoods increase or decrease your chances of seeing alcohol-related violence?”, or “How likely are marijuana dispensaries to open in neighborhoods that also have a significant presence of alcohol outlets (i.e., stores that sell and distribute alcohol)?”. 

    Most recently, Dr. Tabb has also focused on cardiovascular health disparities between blacks and whites in this country. Her goal is to use her research findings to help health care professionals and policymakers in addressing these disparities - by improving care and creating the necessary interventions to reducing these gaps in health. 

    Dr. Tabb teaches several courses at Drexel, which include Biostatistics, Survival Data Analysis, Advanced Statistical Computing, and Bayesian Data Analysis.

    Al Veracchio
    A Human Sexuality educator and consultant for over 25 years, Al has lectured, published articles, and offered workshops throughout the country. His work has been featured in “Teaching Good Sex,” a November 20, 2011 cover story in The New York Times Magazine. Al has given four TED Talks, and has appeared on national programs such as NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “1A.” He is the author of For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Young People About Sexuality, Values, and Health published by Harper Wave, a division of HarperCollins.
  • DEC Student Affinity Groups

    Asian Student Alliance 
    The Asian Student Association (ASA) is an affinity group at Tatnall with a direct focus on the Asian experience. At ASA, we strive for open discussions about many of the concerns that Asian students face at Tatnall and in society. We also strive to teach students about different Asian cultures and religions. We are an open club willing to accept all students regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation.

    Black Student Union
    BSU is an affinity group designed to create a safe space for African American students to connect and bond with each other around an important aspect of their identity. It provides an open forum to discuss issues and events important to students of color, so that students can freely express themselves and devise constructive ways to address their concerns. BSU also works to support a positive self-image and an exploration of their identity.
    Gender Equality
    Mission Statement: To create a safe place for people of all genders to discuss common issues, strengths, and share their stories. The hope is to spark conversations and educate the student body about what role gender plays within the school community and the larger society. We believe this will add to the culture of respect, equality, and love at Tatnall.
    Gender and Sexuality Diversity
    GSD (Gender and Sexuality Diversity) is the affinity group for LGBTQ+ students and straight allies.  At club meetings, we focus on being a safe and supportive place for all students. Our meetings include discussing issues pertaining to LGBT youth, organizing Tatnall's annual involvement in the Day of Silence and other opportunities to educate the Tatnall community about LGBTQ history and experience. 
    Women of Color Empowerment Group- For The Culture aka FTC
    FTC is an affinity group for high school minority females. Our goal is to build a safe place where females can make genuine connections, build a stronger sense of self, and process uncomfortable situations faced in daily life. Our members plan and implement activities to strengthen their bond with each other, to educate our school community, and to provide fundraising opportunities to support the global community.

Tatnall's Non-Discrimination Statement

The Tatnall School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, genetic information, or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, genetic information or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Our Goals Include

Our goals at The Tatnall School are to:
  • Unite the school community in support of equity and justice and to become a model of inclusivity and nurture curiosity about who we are and our experiences in both the community and the wider world, including making sure that no member of our community has to hide who they are. 
  • Understand, support, celebrate, and encourage the value of different opinions, traditions, and experiences in an empathetic and respectful manner. We will create a multicultural learning environment that reflects our larger community and society. 
  • Be proactive in challenging ourselves as the Tatnall family to increase our appreciation of diversity, and to help students understand their underlying biases, accept them, and learn to minimize/mitigate those biases.

Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester Speaks with Students


The Tatnall School

The Tatnall School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in PK3 through Grade 12 located in Wilmington, Delaware.