In order for Taft to make the changes needed to better deliver on our mission, we must have a detailed understanding of our current DEI practices.
Taft's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Planning Committee (DEISPC) recently completed an institutional audit of Taft's DEI practices. The committee looked at six areas of school life: Academics; Admissions; Alumni Relations; DEI Resources; Faculty Recruitment, Retention and Training; and Student Life. An executive summary of the audit, which includes affirmations and areas of improvement for each of the six areas, is now available on the Taft website.
As Head of School Willy MacMullen '78 notes in the introduction of the audit's executive summary, "In order for Taft to make the changes needed to better deliver on our mission, we must have a detailed understanding of our current DEI practices."
"The audit of Taft's diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices was borne of two important realities," MacMullen continues. "The first was that in recent decades, Taft has become a different and better school: a truly diverse, global community committed to a vision where every member felt they belonged. If our mission is the education of the whole student, it necessarily follows that we must shape the whole of every student, and more than ever in our past, we have committed to that goal. Creating a diverse school where every member feels valued has been a top priority of the Board of Trustees, the faculty, and me. This vision is a big part of the reason Taft is a globally renowned school. Taft is a great place to teach and learn, where students are challenged and shaped to become positive and contributing citizens and leaders, and there is much to be proud of.
"However, the second reality is that we have not fully succeeded in our obligation—certainly not at the level we must. Despite our efforts, we have failed to deliver a consistently positive and affirming experience to all students, and in the past we have not responded to this feedback with enough urgency. We need to commit to change in order to truly uphold our mission: we have already begun this work, and we know there is more to do. It's good, needed and hard work."