Inclusion & Community


A key priority of a Hockaday education is to awaken the intellectual curiosity of every girl; to develop in each girl an enthusiastic spirit, a healthy body, and a sense of responsibility for herself and her actions; to foster an appreciation of beauty and joy in self-expression; to nurture a courteous attitude, a sense of grace, respect for the ideals of human worth and dignity, and a harmonious and mature character well-equipped to make responsible choices and withstand the pressures of today’s society. We foster a community of concern and friendship within the student body, faculty and staff, families, and alumnae to instill in every girl a love of learning, an understanding of herself and the ethical principles which guide her life, an appreciation of excellence in all its forms, and a commitment to what is right and good. 
We accomplish our goals with involvement from all of our constituencies. Those who teach and work at Hockaday are representatives of a diverse population with expert knowledge and training in their fields and possess a strong desire to grow to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Our inclusive community fosters a racially, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse student and family population. We admit and enroll students who possess strong moral character, academic promise, sound ethics, perseverance, diligence, resilience, spirit, and sportsmanship. Our alumnae and parents, maximize their connection to Hockaday by supporting the mission and work of the School with their time, talents, and resources. 

We acknowledge and celebrate the rich complexity of diverse life experiences that our students, faculty, staff, and families contribute to our community and we work to build inclusivity within our School. Our adopted model of cultural competency emphasizes teaching and practicing cross-cultural effectiveness skills, learning about one’s own and other cultures through cultural self-awareness and intelligence. 

Hockaday’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is reflected in our strategic plan, The Hockaday Difference, with a goal of preparing every girl for the rich and diverse world in which she will live.   

All-School Programming

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  • Cross-Cultural Competency Skills Training for Faculty and Staff

    This ongoing training is held throughout the school year for all faculty and staff to develop the knowledge, skills, and ability to support all constituents become more culturally competent leaders, educators, and members of the school community.
  • Inclusion and Community Parent Education Series

    This is a unique series dedicated to providing the parent community with skills to effectively support identity development and cultural competency at home by applying age-appropriate techniques in support of the Character and Courtesy Education Series for Student Development.
  • One Hockaday: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Day of Service

    The school community acknowledges and embraces the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in partnership with the Executive Director of Social Impact, Laura Day, a day of celebration and service are held. These programs are dedicated to inspiring our community to embrace diverse cultures and ideas as well as to underscore the importance of inclusion and purposeful engagement through a life of service in our everyday lives.  We believe in the limitless potential of our student body as they face unique challenges, discover unknown problems, and work toward creating change living in a complex world. 

Professional Development

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  • ISAS DEI Conference

  • The Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE)

  • NAIS Annual Conference

  • NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute

  • NAIS People of Color Conference

  • NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference

  • International Coalition of Girls' Schools Leadership Symposium

Past Speakers and Visiting Scholars

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