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.


Tresa Wilson 

Theme for the Year: developing the ability to manage unconscious bias throughout our daily interactions both inside and outside of the school community in support of cultural competency

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All-School Programming

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  • In-Service Professional Development for Faculty and Staff on Cross-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.
  • 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 learning, equity, and social justice at home by applying age appropriate techniques in support of the Character and Courtesy Education Series for Student Development.
  • Character and Courtesy Education Series for Student Development

    Character and Courtesy Education Series is a school-wide commitment based upon the Four Cornerstones that is designed to meet the needs of the student body at age appropriate levels with a focus on identity development, anti-bullying, cultural competence, social-emotional learning, equity, and social justice. Our goal is to develop effective 21st century global citizens through engagement, development of the necessary skills, and knowledge across all grade levels.
  • Intercultural Council

    The Council acts as an advisory body to the Eugene McDermott Head of School and the Leadership Team on matters of diversity, inclusion, equity and justice 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.
  • One Hockaday: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Day of Service

    The school community acknowledges and celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  In partnership with the Director of Service Learning, Laura Day, this celebration and day of service is 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 servitude 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. 

2018-2019 Calendar of Events

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  • June

    June 24 – 30 
     NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute Alexandria, VA 
  • August

    Aug 14

    In-Service Professional Development for All Faculty and Staff with Perception Institute 
    Aug 16

    US Student Diversity Board Retreat 
  • September

  • October

    Oct 17   
    US Candee Keen Diversity Fellows Meeting

  • November

    Nov 2
    US Student Diversity Board Forum 
    Nov 28 

    People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference begins

  • December

    Dec 1 

    NAIS People of Color Conference and Student
    Diversity Leadership Conference ends 
  • January

    Jan 13
    Inclusion and Community Panel and Reception
    Jan 18
    One Hockaday:  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
    Jan 22
    Intercultural Council Meeting
    Jan 25  US Student Diversity Board Forum
  • February

     Feb 12 US Dallas Area Diversity Youth Organization 
    at The Hockaday School

  • March

    Mar 1 
     US Student Diversity Leadership Conference Assembly 
  • April

    Apr 2Intercultural Council Meeting 
    Apr 9US Student Diversity Board Forum
    Apr 28Latin and Hispanic Senior Reception 
  • May

    May 5Black and African Heritage Senior Reception
    May 15African American Family Group New Family Meet and Greet

Cultural Competency Series

In-Service Professional Development for All Faculty and Staff: Our Brains on RaceTM: Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety, and Stereotype Threat as Obstacles to Belonging

Those of us in independent schools work to build a sense of belonging across our entire school community. Yet, research suggests that unconscious phenomena related to race, ethnicity, and other aspects of identity can get in the way of those goals. Core concepts from the mind sciences, including implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat, can help to explain why identity differences can present challenges, even for educators and administrators with strongly held values of equity. Jessica MacFarlane, of Perception Institute, will share cutting-edge research demonstrating how these phenomena develop and their impact on everyday interactions and decisions in our schools. She will share evidence-based strategies to override these processes, in order to align behavior with values and promote belonging for all faculty, staff, students, and families at Hockaday.
Upper School Student Diversity Board Retreat: Focus on the Message. . . 

The founder of Marvelous University, Shanterra McBride, facilitated a thought-provoking discussion by acknowledging the complexity of being an individual and a member of the board who advances the work of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice.  Through this training, various aspects of identity were addressed and specifically holding diverse perspectives while upholding the board's mission was a focus. 
There are numerous cultural identifiers such as ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status/class, and diversity. The meaning of diversity may change depending on who is speaking and on who is listening.
This interactive training focused on: 
  • Inviting others to the conversation, particularly when they don’t agree
  • Listening to others, especially when you don’t agree
  • Facilitating challenging and inspiring conversations
  • Leading others in your position on the Student Diversity Board
These objectives helped the Student Diversity Board develop their overall intention and message. The overall purpose was to create a community where every Hockaday student is treated with dignity. The Student Diversity Board can be leaders in the forefront in transforming their school and their extended community.

2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

    • Dr. Raymond Wise with the All School Mass Choir

Professional Development

List of 8 items.

  • National Coalition of Girls' Schools

  • NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute

  • The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

  • Responsive Classroom Teachers Conference

  • Momentous Institute

  • NAIS People of Color Conference

  • NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference

  • NAIS Annual Conference

Recommended Publications

  • The Science of Equality In Education: The Impact of Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety, and Stereotype Threat on Student Outcomes by Perception Institute
  • Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves by Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards
  • Cultural Competency: A Critical Skill for Success in the 21st Century by Steven Jones
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