Equity at and Belonging at Emerson

Equity & Social Justice Commitment

As we become effective advocates for positive change, we foster growing minds with compassion and encourage resilience. We cherish individual identities. We actively challenge stereotypes and bias. We encourage discussion and inquiry about our world while we teach to dismantle the systems that perpetuate injustice.

Emerson School honors the dignity of all people through our commitment to diversity, inclusivity, equity, and social justice.


My own personal teaching philosophy comes from a sentence that I read by bell hooks, in her book Teaching To Transgress, “To teach in a manner that respects and cares for the souls of our students is essential if we are to provide the necessary conditions where learning can most deeply and intimately begin” (p.13 Routledge, 1994). Linking the deep learning that we strive for here at Emerson with caring for our students informs and inspires me daily in my work. – Carol


January 2023

The theme for our 3rd to 8th grade students is stereotypes. Grades 3 – 5 will look at gender and the stereotypes around girls and boys. Grades 6 – 8 will reflect on some racial stereotypes and how all forms of stereotyping – even positive comments – can be harmful.

If you have further questions about teaching DEIJ at Emerson & our equity & justice commitment, please contact our Equity Program Director, Carol Kelly at ckelly@emerson-school.org.