Diversity at Chase
Chase Collegiate School cultivates an environment in which difference is valued as an invaluable component of a complete education. Diversity at Chase encompasses but is not limited to ability, age, socio-economic background, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation.
Chase promotes multiculturalism in every aspect of the School. We encourage students to explore and appreciate every angle of diversity in a safe and positive environment. We honor this commitment by continually examining our expectations of behavior, communication, and interaction among both faculty and students. Chase's Honor Code, signed by all Middle and Upper School students and faculty, reflects these values and reminds students to maintain the apropriate code of conduct and to uphold the moral expectations of each member of the Chase community.
We welcome a broad mix of individuals whose distinct voices and viewpoints actively contribute to the culture of the School. We aim to promote self-discovery, individuality and to understand, respect and support each individual's ideas and opinions. Not only does our faculty foster such respect, but Chase students recognize and encourage uniqueness in themselves and their peers. Our goal is to create an intellectually challenging community of learners that:
- Recognizes and values a spectrum of viewpoints and life experiences,
- Reflects the complex world in which we live,
- Dispels stereotypes,
- Rejects cruelty in any form,
- Confronts prejudice, and
- Inspires us to lead in a global society.
Through this stance on diversity, we strengthen our own community and the world beyond our campus.
At Chase, there are several student-led diversity groups:
- Upper School and Middle School have their own Diversity Club, whose paths cross several times a year, most notably at the "Pieces of the Puzzle" student leadership-diversity conference, which both groups attend and participate in.
- S.A.D.D. or Students Against Destructive Decisions, is a group that has had a significant impact on the student population, hosting two major events: a postive body image workshop, "To Write Love on Her Arms" Day. The "Day of Silence" which aims to create safer school environments for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression was sponsored this year by the Upper School Peer Counseling group. The "Day of Silence" was a great success and the Upper School Community plans to participate in this national movement for years to come.
- "GSA" or the gay-straight alliance, is another student diversity group on campus with the purpose to raise awareness and build respect between all students regardless of sexual orientation. The GSA plans events that spark open and respectful conversation about issues related to sexual orientation and other aspects of difference and diversity among students.