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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

“At this moment in American history, in our classrooms, playgrounds, athletic fields, and Chapel, we must raise children who know that racism can never be tolerated, and who are ready to defend the worth and dignity of all.”

Michael E. Latham, PH.D ‘86
President, Punahou School
June 2, 2020

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at Punahou

Punahou School is committed to creating a diverse educational community rooted in equity and inclusion as fundamental human rights. We seek ways to create an environment in which the identities and cultural backgrounds of our families, students and employees are valued and respected by the entire Punahou community. 
 
We believe that the diversity of our students, staff, faculty, curriculum and co-curriculum is essential to achieving the Aims of a Punahou Education. Throughout the Punahou journey, diverse cultural identities, world views, aspirations, affiliations and beliefs strengthen the learning experience for all as we promote open dialogue around difference. 
 
Punahou students and employees are expected to uphold the highest standards of fairness and inclusivity so that all members of our community may participate in and contribute to the life of the school, regardless of age, family structure, race/ethnicity, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation or any other aspect of their identity. 



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Helpful Resources for Discussing Race

At Punahou, cultivating social and emotional intelligence and ethical awareness is just as important as academic rigor for true college preparation.

We strive to foster within Punahou students a sense of personal and social responsibility – to demonstrate empathy and compassion, embrace diversity and become moral, engaged citizens.

This is the kind of highly self-aware, intrinsically motivated thinking that social and emotional learning is all about. Each student is nurtured toward wholeness of mind and spirit, emotion and logic, intellect and intuition.
 
Students have multiple touchpoints with adults across campus, including deans, advisors, faculty and counselors. These adults act as full-time listeners, mentors, advocates and communication partners amongst students, teachers and the School, ensuring everyone is on the same page and the same team for a child’s growth.