About A-S

Community Life + Diversity

Community Life + Diversity

Meet the Community Life + Diversity Team

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CL+D Events

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  • Examples of Past CL+D Event Topics

    Listed below are some of the chat topics held at Allen-Stevenson:

    • Demystifying Gender Identity: A Chat with Dr. Eli Green
    • Examining Religion and Culture in America with Dr. Khyati Joshi
    • Charles Vogl: Belonging
    • How to Raise Boys to Respect Women
    CL+D Introduces Parents to Sex Education for Boys
    • Civility
    • "The Mask You Live In"
    • Socio-economics: Fitting In
    • The ABCs of Diversity in Our Curriculum
    • What White Children Need to Know About Race
    • How to Promote a Culture of Kindness
    • It Takes A Village: Building Parent Networks
    • GLSEN-Creating a Safe Space at Home
    • Ferguson, Staten Island and how we can deepen our 
    understanding when events in the news elicit many different responses
    • Assumptions
    • How to Help Families Cope with Illness
    • Power of Language
    • Are You Sure You Should Say That?
    • Social & Emotional Well Being of Your Son
    • Race and Our Community
    • Share Your Story: Religious Traditions
    • Raising a Generous Child

Affinity Groups

Participants can opt into one of the following affinity groups to discuss personal experiences in a safe space based on their shared identity.

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  • BOCAS: Boys of Color at Allen-Stevenson

    Weekly meetings for Lower, Middle and Upper School Boys

    The purpose of this group is for Lower Division boys to build connections with one another while providing each boy an opportunity to develop his voice. Boys engage in team-building activities and book-based discussions about identity and at the end of each session, the facilitators report highlights from the week's discussion as well as topics for the following week, so that parents may continue those conversations at home. This group meets once a week. 
    This group was created to give Upper Division students of color an opportunity to explore, with each other, experiences related to being a student of color at Allen-Stevenson. The goal of BOCAS is to provide a forum for boys of color to better understand and bridge the potential divides between the various worlds in which some of them live. This group meets once a week.  
  • WISE: White Identifying Students for Equity

    Weekly meetings for Upper Division Boys

    WISE is a place where students come to explore issues of race, gender and origin (family culture, values, traditions). This group meets once a week in the Division.  
  • GSA: Gender & Sexuality Alliance

    Biweekly meetings for Upper Division Boys

    GSA is a student-run group that brings together LGBTQ+ and straight students to support each other and build community. It is a forum to exchange ideas, help raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues, and gain more visibility at A-S. The alliance will also function as a support group and provide a sense of community and confidentiality to students who are grappling with their identity as gay or questioning.   
  • Faculty & Staff Groups

    FSoC: Faculty & Staff of Color 
    GSA: Gender & Sexuality Alliance 

    Jewish Affinity Group
    WARE: White Anti-Racist Educators
  • Parent Groups

    Families of Color
    Asian/South Asian Families 
    GSA: Gay Straight Alliance
    Open Community Night


Allen-Stevenson promotes diverse perspectives, honest dialogue and mutual respect. This educational process requires constant engagement and considerate thinking. As participants in a vigorous learning environment, all of us are obliged to accept the experiences, dignity and rights of others.
Therefore, faculty and staff, administrators, students past and present, parents and trustees are expected to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of and respect for the human experiences that exist within the diverse cultures that make up the world in which we live;
  • Incorporate in the life of the School a diversity that may include – but is not limited to – race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, learning style, physical ability, sexual orientation, family structure or socio-economic status; and
  • Acquire the knowledge, sensitivity and skills necessary for participating in cross-cultural interactions and promoting mutual understanding.

Allen-Stevenson’s commitment to an inclusive educational community informs our admissions policies, our hiring practices, our curriculum, and the allocation of our resources.


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  • Happy Diwali!

    Happy Diwali! We were so fortunate to have these second and fourth-grade brothers ready and willing to demonstrate how to make Diwali diyas (from construction paper) for our Lower Division Community Time! To all who celebrate, may your Diwali be free from darkness and abundant with light - Shubh Diwali!

    We hope you enjoy the recording of LDCT.
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  • A Rich History Shared | A Workshop about the APISA People

    Lower School Library Teacher, Maria Paz Alegre, shared her own story and the history of other APISA (Asian Pacific Islands South Asia) people in America with Middle and Upper School students at the Indian Mountain School on May 4, 2021.
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  • Fifth Graders Learn About Immigration First-Hand From Panel of Faculty and Staff

    How has immigration shaped the United States?
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  • Jennifer Vermont-Davis #ASpotlight Interview

    We sat down for an extensive ASpotlight Interview with Jennifer Vermont-Davis, Lower School Science Teacher and the Chair of Community Life + Diversity at Allen-Stevenson. Read her full interview to learn how she incorporates equity and inclusion across her roles at Allen-Stevenson, whether in her science classrooms or her work with parent and student affinity groups and the Alumni Mentorship Program.
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Allen-Stevenson’s distinctive “enlightened traditional” approach educates boys to become scholars and gentlemen.

The Allen-Stevenson School actively seeks to forward the equity and diversity of our community in our admissions, programs and hiring. The Allen-Stevenson School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, marital status, creed, sexual orientation, ethnicity or any other characteristic protected by local, state and federal law. The Allen-Stevenson School actively seeks diversity in its faculty and student body.