Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at Punahou

Our Mission and Values call upon us to affirm the worth and dignity of everyone
Each day, through our words and actions, we weave a mat that seats many – a welcoming community where individuals can realize the full expression of themselves. When all members of a school feel a true sense of belonging, the best teaching and learning takes place and the entire community flourishes.
We seek to create an environment in which the identities, experiences, and cultural backgrounds of our students, employees, families, and alumni are valued and respected. Throughout the Punahou journey, diverse voices and perspectives strengthen the learning experience for all. They also empower us to fulfill our kuleana and make meaningful contributions to the wider community of which we are a part. 
Members of the Punahou community are expected to uphold the highest standards of fairness and inclusivity so that all may fully participate in the life of the School and contribute to its Mission.

Clubs and Affinity Groups

Students in grades 6 – 12 have the opportunity to participate in a diverse number of clubs and informal groups organized around shared interests, identities and cultural backgrounds. Clubs and affinity groups are an important part of the Punahou journey. They offer a chance for students to branch out, make new friends and discover common interests and shared experiences.

All-Gender Restrooms on Campus

Providing access to private, all-gender restrooms is now an established best practice in workplaces and schools and is supported by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Such practices can help all students to feel safe and supported and benefit the entire community more widely by providing greater privacy for any individual who would prefer it.

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