VERITAS DIVERSITY STATEMENT

 

We, at Veritas, are one Body in Christ, made up of many cultures and races. As such, it is our privilege and pleasure to reflect Christ’s body by being multiracial and multicultural, so we strive to foster an environment which promotes deep affection among children of many cultures and races. We believe this mutual affection will be the greatest source of lasting change for the next generation. 

 

Fundamentally, friendship means that if one of us is hurt, the rest of us hurt too. A friend needs to understand their friend’s suffering. Therefore, we have a responsibility to learn where some of the children in this school suffer discrimination or inequity in their lives and communities, so we can do our part, as friends, to help bring justice.

 

These friendships spring from the love between children bonded by common experience in school, common worship of God, and relationships which flourish daily in the little joys and conflicts of life, as they grow and mature together. 

 

These relationships inoculate our children against racist views, because the person represented in those views has a name and face, “MY FRIEND." Their affection mobilizes them to want to do justice. When their friend is hurt, they hurt too. 

 

 In Christ, and therefore in Veritas, “there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, …. but Christ is all, and is in all.” (Col 3:11) 

 

We are the Body of Christ and that Body was created by God to be diverse.

 

At Veritas we believe that all human beings are created in the image of God  and that we are one body in Christ. 

 

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body - whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free - and we were all given one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 1 Corinthians 12:12-14

 

God created human beings as part of different cultures and races and we believe that we can only fully reflect God’s image as one body in Christ when all of these form a part of our community. We are richer and better reflect the Lord’s vision of the church when we are a more diverse community.

 

Who is Veritas today? School Profile & Diversity at Veritas

 

Our families and staff represent a wide range of backgrounds. We are 45% White, 28% Asian, 11% Multiracial, 10% Hispanic, and 6% Black. At last count, we represented 45 - almost a quarter -  of the world’s 195 countries.

While our student population is diverse, we would like to keep increasing that diversity among the Latino and Black populations. We would also like to hire staff that better reflect our families.


What are Veritas’ goals and objectives around educating children about racial diversity?

 

Veritas is committed to supporting racial diversity and combating systemic racism. 

 

1. We begin by creating a culture which fosters deep friendships.

 

Creating an environment which fosters close friendships with children of other cultures and races is the first step in preventing stereotyping and divisions. Here at Veritas, we are one body, in one classroom, learning and living together as one. We foster a positive school environment where their experience of race begins with the word, “My Friend”. 

 

2. We celebrate and highlight the rich heritage, cultures and customs of our community.

 

Throughout the year we take opportunities to celebrate the ways our differences, the special things that make each one of us unique.  In the past these have included Multicultural Festivals, Diversity Forums to build empathy and understanding for what it is like to be from another culture, ethnic or racial background,  and school-wide Art projects which celebrate our cultural heritage.

 

3. We endeavor to make sure all staff, parents and students at Veritas feel represented, included and understood.

 

We are also constantly evaluating our literature and curriculum, to make sure all our students have at Veritas both windows and mirrors.  Windows, to help them empathize with those unlike themselves, and mirrors so that they can see themselves in the world. Our goal is for every child to see themselves in the literature they read, the history they study, the speakers they hear and the movies they watch. We want every family, child and staff to know they are respected, valued, included, and understood.

 

4. We are seeking ways of helping Veritas continue to grow in diversity.

 

Through our admissions and hiring policies, we strive to ensure that Veritas is made up of families and staff from a wide range of backgrounds so that our students learn from and see themselves reflected in the faces of fellow students and staff. 

 

5. We raise awareness about needs for justice in the United States.

 

As one body, we are called to be friends to one another. This means we rejoice with those who rejoice and we mourn with those who mourn. We cannot ignore if parts of our body are hurting. 

“This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.” 1 Cor. 12:25-26

 

Even beyond our doors, as Christians, we are called to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8). Isaiah likewise writes “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?”  This is our responsibility as Christians, a responsibility we must begin to introduce to our children as they grow in their faith.

 

Therefore, raising awareness about needs for justice in the United States and internationally is critical to our children’s education, as is giving them the opportunity to respond by offering practical service.  For this reason, we teach our students about the needs of our neighbors and our world - those who are hungry, lonely, older and widowed, strangers, prisoners- and we work in community to meet those needs through service partnerships.