Equity & Inclusion
At Laurel School, inspiring each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world requires that we respect and honor the whole-self of each member of our community. We are committed to being a diverse school community that is enriched by the wide variety of experiences and perspectives of all constituencies — students, faculty, parents/guardians and staff.
An all girls’ school, K-12, with a coed Pre-Primary, Laurel School is proud to be an inclusive and equitable school community that welcomes students without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, handicap or disability or sexual orientation. Additionally, we actively seek faculty and staff without regard to these identifiers or gender.
Equity and Inclusion at Laurel serves as a resource to the community for training, social and cultural programming, and inclusive educational approaches. We strive to promote equity and justice. We are Laurel. And we are a community. And our mission says it all: to inspire each member of our community to fulfill their promise and to better the world.
ALLIES: Alliance of Laurel Leaders for Inclusion Equity, and Social justice
Mission: To bring together leaders and active members of clubs with social justice missions so that they may learn from one another and work together to raise awareness to and support equity and social justice initiatives
Junior ALLIES: Middle School ALLIES group (see above)
Mission: To educate, spread information, and raise awareness of global issues of concern and how one might work toward a resolution, get involved and take a stand
Mission: To improve education, appreciation and equality concerning women in the Laurel community and beyond.
Girl Up Club
Mission: To spread awareness about the problems adolescent girls face in emerging countries and the positive effects that can result from investing time and effort into the lives and futures of these girls.
Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
Mission: To support and educate the school community about gender identity and sexual orientation and create a safe environment for all members of the school community.
Mission: To encourage respectful, loving and enthusiastic discussions among Laurel girls surrounding their belief systems, while working to better our world.
Israeli Cultures Club
Mission: To bring a wider knowledge of Israel and Jewish culture to Laurel School and the Greater Cleveland Community through education, dialogue and the arts.
United Cultural Society (UCS)
Mission: To increase awareness about issues of diversity, equality, justice and inclusion on a local, regional and national level in order to engrain a sense of courage, compassion and understanding that will enable individuals to actively strive for justice and equality.
Parent-to-Parent Groups provide support, networking and information for Laurel parents/guardians and families.
Parents of Children with Learning Differences
Facilitated by Ilissa Pearlman
Parents of Children of Color
Facilitated by Olivia Cora and Amee Exum
Families Formed through Adoption
Facilitated by Dr. Lisa Damour
Laurel School Learning Enhancement
Learn more about how Laurel supports girls with learning differences.
Diversity Center of Northeastern Ohio
A human relations organization dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry and racism through professional development and youth programs and outreach. www.diversitycenterneo.org/index.html
A civil rights/human relations organization dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defending democratic ideals and protecting civil rights for all. The organization provides programming and professional development opportunities for educators, business personnel and students. cleveland.adl.org
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Museum of Diversity and Tolerance
The mission of the Maltz Museum is to promote and understanding of Jewish history, religion and culture and build bridges of appreciation, tolerance and understanding with those of other religions, races, cultures and ethnic backgrounds, and to serve as an educational resource for Northeast Ohio’s Jewish and general communities. ?www.maltzmuseum.org
A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center with thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for difference in schools. www.tolerance.org
Laurel’s Collaboration with Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History and Ourselves is an international organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of identity and history in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. In 2014, Laurel became one of over 40 institutions, and the only Cleveland Counsel of Independent Schools (CCIS) school, that make up the Facing History Innovative Schools Network.