Trevor is a vibrant and inclusive community school. We draw our diverse student body from a multitude of boroughs, counties, zip codes, and countries of family origin. Our community is truly global.
Trevor strives for a commitment in its students, faculty, staff, and leadership to three interrelated principles: diversity, inclusion, and engagement beyond oneself. Each of these principles is a guiding force in our curriculum; student services; admissions practices; faculty and staff recruitment as well as professional development; and ongoing strategic thinking and planning.
Directors of Diversity lead this programming and are always available for discourse and counsel. A Steering Committee is composed of the Directors of Diversity, parent representatives, and faculty and staff—all of whom are dedicated to this work.
Multiple curricular initiatives advance conversation, understanding, and growth concerning race and racial socialization, as well as definitions of diversity, inclusion, and engagement across the entire Trevor community. The Pollyanna Racial Literacy Curriculum for Grades K-8 is designed to help students gain knowledge about race as it has been constructed in the United States, and aims to help students acquire an awareness of their own racial socialization and skills for engaging in productive conversations about race and racism. This rich curriculum is a continuum spanning the Lower and Middle School, with topics ranging from celebrations of names, families, and holidays in the lower grades, to immigration and systemic inequalities in higher grades.
In the Upper School, themes of social justice, racial identity, and multiculturalism are addressed in the Ethical Foundations core course and in the Contemporary Multicultural Issues curriculum, as well as woven throughout numerous academic disciplines.
Various student groups also play a powerful role in building a safe, inclusive, and empowered student body. For example, the Multiple Identities, One World (MIOW) student organization teaches students to be activists for a better world by engaging with social justice and equity issues. The Students of Color affinity group (SOCA) is an open forum where Trevor students of color explore identity, share resources, and mentor each other. And, the Queers & Allies student organization is a support and advocacy group that meets to discuss issues of particular importance to the LGBTQ+ community, both at Trevor and the world at large.
DIME2 (Diversity, Inclusion, Multiculturalism, Equity, and Engagement) is a community forum whose aim is to further engagement between parents, faculty, and staff around topics of diversity. Each year, DIME2 offers a full calendar of unique programming, all of which facilitates discussion and encourages action. Events include documentary screenings, book club discussions, outings, and guest speakers.
There is a longstanding culture of openness, acceptance, and diversity at Trevor.