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: developing cross-cultural communication skills inside and outside of the classroom to support cultural competency as a community

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2017-2018 Calendar of Events

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  • August

    Aug 15

    In-Service Professional Development for All Faculty and Advisory Staff with Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee, Seattle Girl's School Outreach Specialist  
    Aug 17

    US Student Diversity Board Retreat 
  • September

    Sep 19  

    Inclusion and Community Parent Education Series
    with Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee, Seattle Girls’ School
    Outreach Specialist 
    Sep 20  

    All School Character and Courtesy Education
    Series with Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee,
    Seattle Girls’ School Outreach Specialist
  • October

    Oct 3Intercultural Council Meeting
    Oct 27   
    US Student Diversity Board Forum

  • November

    Nov 2
    HPA Cultural Connections Speaker Panel Discussion
    Nov 29

    People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference begins 

  • December

    Dec 2 

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

    Jan 9
    Intercultural Council Meeting 
    Jan 12
    One Hockaday:  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

    US Student Diversity Board Forum 
  • February

     Feb 13 US Dallas Area Diversity Youth Organization 
    at The Hockaday School

  • March

    Mar 22 
     US Student Diversity Leadership Conference Assembly 
  • April

    Apr 3   Intercultural Council Meeting 
    Apr 6US Student Diversity Board Forum

  • May

    May 6African American Senior Reception 

Cultural Competency Series

All-School Programming

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  • Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee

    In-Service Professional Development for All Faculty and Advisory Staff: Inclusive Practices for the Classroom and Beyond

    In the ever-changing landscape of student demographics and diversity initiatives, school employees face the challenge of creating a classroom and school environment that goes beyond celebrations of heroes and holidays. Whether we are beginning the journey or far down the path into multiculturalism and inclusivity, there is always room to grow. What are some practical strategies and best practices to become the educator with whom all children thrive and contribute to a school community where all feel welcome?  
    Our faculty and advisory staff engaged in this question and more through this interactive session.
  • Inclusion and Community Parent Education Series

    Understanding Diversity and Inclusion Today

    Engage in discussions about how diversity and inclusion enhance each girl’s unique journey through awareness and interaction at each developmental stage to lead a life of purpose and impact.  Learn about trends in independent schools, higher education, and workplaces, and how young people can best prepare for their future.  Discover how an increased understanding of cultural competency enhances social-emotional health, academic excellence, and your daughter’s ability to thrive in a global society.   
  • Character and Courtesy Education Series for Student Development

    Lower School - Bugs and Wishes
    Everyone has something that can bother them, even if it doesn't bother anyone else.  Learn to communicate bugs and wishes, be accepting of others bugs and wishes, and learn how to be a better friend to everyone.

    Middle School - No Joke Zone and Pump Ups
    Everyone has something that can bother them, even if it doesn't bother anyone else.  We also are uplifted by different things.  Learn about No Joke Zones (NJZs) and Pump Ups, identify your own, and communicate them with one another to be better friends, classmates, and community members.

    Upper School - Growth Mindset and Cultural Competency
    Carol Dweck identified through her research that fixed mindsets often set us up for failure or being stuck where we are.  How does this research translate to cultural competency?  Identify ways a fixed mindset shows up and gets in the way of developing cultural competence, and how we can transform toward a growth mindset and effectiveness across all forms of difference. 

    Upper School Student Leadership Training   Managing Polarity 
    We are set up by our culture to think in terms of binaries, polarities, and debate.  How can we start looking at the world as complex spectra, manage polarities in healthier ways, and learn to engage in dialogue?

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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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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. 
    • 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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  • Diversity Directions

  • 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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