About

Inclusion and Community

The Hockaday School is a college preparatory institution for girls of strong potential and diverse backgrounds who may be expected to assume positions of responsibility and leadership in a rapidly changing world. 

Our philosophy and purpose 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 change and 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 recruit and enroll students who possess strong moral character, academic promise, sound ethics, perseverance, diligence, resilience, spirit, and sportsmanship.  Our alumnae, as well as parents, continue to maximize their connection to Hockaday by supporting the mission and work of the School with their time, talents, and resources.

We acknowledge the complexity of diverse life experiences and openly engage in building inclusivity.  Through the adopted approach of cultural competency, individuals and groups work effectively across cultures with a defined set of values, principles, skills, attitudes, policies, and behaviors.  This developmental process and continuum evolves over time for each individual, within programs, and throughout the school environment.  As a school, we implement a model of cultural competency which includes cross-cultural effectiveness skills, cultural self-awareness, cultural intelligence, and countering oppression through inclusion.

Our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and global initiatives is reflected in the Four Cornerstones, the Philosophy and Purpose Statement previously mentioned, the Mission Statement, and the Strategic Plan with the goals of preparing every girl for the diverse world in which they will live.  Our belief is that through shared and meaningful experiences cross-cultural competency can be gained over time as one community and one Hockaday.
Theme for the Year: Develop the ability to respond effectively to heated current events inside and outside of the classroom to support cultural competency as a community

Contact Us

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2016-2017 Calendar of Events

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  • August

    Aug 4

    NAIS Equity Design Lab: Culturally Responsive
    Teaching and Learning in Atlanta, Georgia
    Aug 16


    In-Service Professional Development for All Faculty
    and Advisory Staff with Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee,
    Seattle Girls’ School Faculty Member and Outreach Specialist 
  • September

    Sep 27

    US Dallas Area Diversity Youth Organization at
    Ursuline Academy of Dallas 
    Sep 14

    The Fellowship: All Faculty and Staff of Color
    and Ally Support Group
    Sep 21  



    Inclusion and Community Parent Education Series
    with Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee, Seattle Girls’ School
    Faculty Member and Outreach Specialist,
    The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Theater 
    Sep 22  



    Inclusion and Community Parent Education Series
    with Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee, Seattle Girls’ School
    Faculty Member and Outreach Specialist,
    The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Theater 
    Sep 22  


    All School Character and Courtesy Education
    Speaker Series with Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee,
    Seattle Girls’ School Faculty Member and Outreach Specialist
    Sep 24
    US Student Diversity Board Retreat 
  • October

    Oct 4Intercultural Council Meeting
    Oct 14   
    US Student Diversity Board Forum
    Oct 18

     
    US Dallas Area Diversity Youth Organization
    at Jesuit College Preparatory of Dallas 


  • November

    Nov 9
    All School Day of Service 
    Nov 13

    Inclusion and Community at Hockaday: 
    A Diversity of Experiences

    Nov 15

    US Dallas Area Diversity Youth Organization
    at Parish Episcopal School 
     
     
  • December

    Dec 8 

    NAIS People of Color Conference and Student
    Diversity Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia 
  • January

       
    Jan 4
    US Student Diversity Board Forum 
    Jan 10
    Intercultural Council Meeting
    Jan 10  

    US Dallas Area Diversity Youth
    Organization at Bishop Lynch High School 
      
    Jan 13     
    One Hockaday: Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 
     
  • February

    Feb 9   US Student Diversity Leadership Conference Assembly 
    Feb 15

    US Dallas Area Diversity Youth Organization
    at The Hockaday School
  • March

    Mar 2   
     
    The Fellowship: All Faculty and Staff of Color
    and Ally Support Group
    Mar 25US Student Diversity Board Mini Retreat 
  • April

    Apr 4   Intercultural Council Meeting 
    Apr 20US Student Diversity Board Forum

Cultural Competency Series

All-School Programming

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  • Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee

    How to Address Heated Topics in Current Events with Students

    • Young people bear witness to challenging or traumatic actions in current events, media, and our local communities.  Their thoughts, feelings, and reactions enter school spaces whether we introduce conversations or not.  We as adults have a natural instinct to protect our students from harsh realities and yet prepare them to navigate this complex world - Is it possible to do both?  What are ways to talk about identity, difference, and justice in age appropriate ways?  How do you reinforce school values without shutting down perspectives?  How do you facilitate authentic and respectful dialogue across difference?  Our faculty and advisory staff engaged in these questions and more through this interactive session.

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  • In-Service Professional Development for Faculty and Staff on Cultural Competency

    This ongoing training is held throughout the school year for all faculty and staff to develop the knowledge, skills, and ability to support all constituencies by becoming more culturally competent leaders, educators, and members of the school community. 
  • One Hockaday: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

    To acknowledge and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the faculty, staff, and students came together for a special event.   The program included an optional community breakfast, pre and post educational lessons by division, both a guest and student speaker, a celebration concert performed by the middle and upper school student body, an all school mass choir, concluding with a unity walk through campus. 
  • Inclusion and Community Parent Education Series

    This is a unique series dedicated to providing the parent community with skills to effectively support identity development, anti-bullying, cultural competency, social-emotional, equity and social justice at home by applying age appropriate techniques based upon the Character and Courtesy Education Speaker Series for Student Development.
  • Character and Courtesy Education Speaker Series for Student Development

    To be effective 21st century global citizens, students across all grade levels will engage in developing the necessary skills. This school-wide commitment based upon the Four Cornerstones is designed to meet the needs of the student body at age appropriate levels with a focus on identity development, anti-bullying, cultural competency, social-emotional, equity and social justice.
  • Intercultural Council

    The Council acts as an advisory body to the Eugene McDermott Headmistress and the Leadership Team on matters of diversity and inclusion that affect the community chaired by the Director of Inclusion and Community. Responsibilities include promoting meaningful dialogue that cultivates mutual understanding and appreciation for individual and cultural differences within the Hockaday community; developing and supporting opportunities for students, parents, faculty and staff to cultivate the necessary skills and competencies to effectively engage in the multicultural society of the 21st century.
  • Global Citizenship Committees

    These divisional committees foster a lifelong commitment to inspire students to engage in morning meetings and cornerstone study lessons on character education and cultural competency, as well as participating in critical thinking and problem solving opportunities to sustain both local and abroad communities as a pathway to becoming global leaders.
    • Dr. Frederick Haynes III, Guest Speaker

Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017 Celebration

    • Dr. Raymond Wise with the All School Mass Choir

Professional Development

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  • NAIS Equity Design Lab: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning

  • NAIS People of Color Conference

  • NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference

  • The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

  • Carney, Sandoe & Associates’ Annual Diversity Forum

  • Momentous Institute

  • NAIS Annual Conference

  • NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute

Recommended Publications

  • Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
  • Cultural Competency: A Critical Skill for Success in the 21st Century by Steven Jones
  • Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time by Susan Scott
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