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Diversity and Equity

Diversity and Equity are guiding principles at Packer. We are committed to building and sustaining a community of students and adults that reflects the great diversity of our city. We are committed to expanding the spaces where all the members of our community can be their full selves. Most of all, we are committed to doing the work that these goals require. Anti-Racism Action Plan
Learn the steps Packer is taking to create and maintain an anti-racist community. 

Our purpose

For Packer students, the benefits of learning in a diverse community where individuality is valued and equity is affirmed are immeasurable. The conversations we initiate throughout the Packer community are openly held and deeply valued. Our work is often connected to our focus on social-emotional development, community engagement, and global learning. We are actively engaged in cultural competency work because we understand the positive impact it can have on all members of our community, more importantly, we know the potential this work has for encouraging justice and empathy in the world beyond Packer’s doors. 

Our students and families

Our commitment to the diversity of people in our community encompasses every social identifier, including, but not limited to, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, family composition, and ability. As a community, we are focused on the encouragement, support, and experience of every student, and work with families to ensure students experience full membership at Packer. Our students have established a range of affinity groups and clubs to examine the commonalities of their experiences and generate understanding across our community as it relates to various identities, interests and beliefs.

Our events

We hold student-centered events as well as meaningful community events to bring students, families, school professionals, alumni, and neighbors together to share perspectives, find common ground, and build empathy. Our annual school-wide Packer in Action program offers students and adults opportunities to examine, discuss, and dismantle inequities in our community and world. The annual Middle School Equity Simulation gives students first-hand insights into how identifiers impact one’s experiences and opportunities in the world.

Throughout the year we co-sponsor speakers, workshops, meet-ups, and other activities to build on the work of our Community Engagement Program, Global Learning Program, and our Alumni Office.  We also work very closely with the Diversity Discussion Group of the Packer Parent Association, hosting monthly meetings and bringing in outside speakers to help foster growth and conversation.

Program Areas

John Daves
Head of Equity and Inclusion

Affinity Spaces

Middle and Upper School students can participate in a range of affinity groups.

Meet our Diversity and Equity Team

John Daves

Head of Equity and Inclusion

Sarah Elkhayat

Learning Specialist/Integrator for Inclusive Teaching and Learning, Lower School Diversity and Equity Coordinator

Carla Kelly

Learning Specialist/Integrator for Inclusive Teaching and Learning, Upper School Diversity and Equity Coordinator

Kenna Mateos

Administrative Assistant to the Office of Equity & Inclusion

Nick Sardar

Head Teacher, Lower School Diversity and Equity Coordinator

Iris Williamson

Middle School Dean of Co-curricular Programs and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator

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Student workshop at The Packer Collegiate Institute
3rd Graders engage in diversity work

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