Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Nobles commits itself to building a community where every member feels a sense of belonging, respect, recognition, value and confidence. We hope all members are willing to learn, value the differences that exist in our community, and understand themselves so they know how to participate in the world around them in order to make effective change. We look to the central theme of our mission statement—Leadership for the Public Good—and our community principles to guide our work and care for this purpose. 

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s guiding principles: accountability, justice, belonging and a commitment to growth and learning, inform our practice while deepening and strengthening our community by providing concrete and clear goals for our community members.

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Please watch the video above from Head of School Catherine J. Hall, Ph.D. and read an update on our work from this past summer and plans for this year. This report shares the themes we have been hearing and learning through the stories shared, as well as our short and long term plans, which will continue to deepen and evolve in the months and years ahead. Please click the button below to read this important document.


Click here to read the Noble and Greenough School policy on transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals.

To truly listen takes patience, an authentic belief that you can learn from what the other person is saying, comfort in being uncomfortable, and a willingness to shift your perspective.Dr. Catherine J. Hall Head of School

What do we mean by Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?


These concepts mean many things to many people. To us…

Diversity: We define diversity as the representation of all our varied identities and differences collectively and as individuals. Our definition also includes diversity of thought: ideas, perspectives, and values. We recognize that individuals embody multiple intersecting identities. 

Equity: We define equity as ensuring fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for people, while simultaneously working to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. 

Identities:  While diversity is often used to reference race and ethnicity, gender, and gender identity, we embrace a broader definition that includes sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language, culture, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, education, family composition, and thinking and communication styles. 

Inclusion: We believe inclusion is the act of creating environments where any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, and supported. Efforts at inclusion include policies and actions that promote equal access to services and resources, as well as those that enable a person to fully participate in the decisions that affect their lives.