Inclusion, Justice & Belonging
Here at Los Encinos School we are deeply committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Belonging. We teach our students to speak up, advocate for change, and fully support the dialogue that change requires. We also believe that truly understanding others begins with understanding yourself. We empower our children with a sense of empathy, respect, and understanding for each other and everyone they meet. Together, we can conquer hatred, injustice, and bias in any form and make a better world.
Conversations with students are held in developmentally appropriate ways. Teachers are attuned to the different responses each grade requires and strive to create an environment where all our students feel supported, respected, valued, and safe. We allow our students to reflect, share, and express their thoughts.
With our older students, the conversations are more robust, and students are encouraged to ask the tough questions. In all grade-levels, we are dedicated to our virtues and values and strive to create a more inclusive, equitable, and just culture.
Race and racism is a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with. But if we ever hope to move past it, it can’t just be on people of color to deal with it. It is up to all of us — Black, white, everyone — no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out. It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets. I pray we all have the strength for that journey, just as I pray for the souls and the families of those who were taken from us.