Guiding Principles

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

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 fulfilling our Mission and living our Values. 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. 

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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