Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Diversity is one of the foundational values upon which Josephine and Frank Duveneck built Peninsula School. The Duvenecks’ commitment to social justice was a natural part of their lives. They supported Cesar Chavez and the farm workers movement, made Hidden Villa the first summer camp in California to enroll children from a range of ethnicities, worked to help children in the inner cities, and supported Asian Americans who were affected by internment during WWII. “Intolerance is too costly for any of us,” Josephine once said. Their vision of equal opportunity and access for all was shaped by the practices and principles of non-violence and social justice, ideas central to our school’s philosophy. Peninsula continues the Duveneck family commitment to equity and social justice.
The Duveneck’s vision of equal opportunity and access for all was shaped by the practices and principles of non-violence and social justice, ideas central to our school’s philosophy. As modern educators, we are called upon to provide excellence within our programs. Diversity expands, illuminates, challenges, and benefits our students’ education. To support our school over time we stand committed to the self-reflection and continuous effort required to implement a long-range vision of a diverse community.
We define diversity broadly. We recognize the significance of race, gender, and socio-economics, and include any facet of identity that affects the experience of groups of people. We understand that these facets may be shaped by discrimination, prejudice, unequal access, opportunity, privilege, and/or entitlement. We are committed to acknowledging each member of our community as a unique and valuable steward of our community.
Interconnectedness is our strength. We recognize both the importance and the metaphoric value in likening our community to a healthy ecosystem, teeming with biodiversity—a key component to a sustainable future. We want our students to develop cultural competence in order to become skilled participants in shaping global society. This requires the student to see multiple truths and many socio-cultural perspectives, to question assumptions, and to critically examine the ever-evolving world. Integrating this world view as much as possible creates a vibrant and enriching educational environment for students, staff, parents, and extended community.
Peninsula School is dedicated to the education of the whole child with an emphasis on social and emotional development, critical thinking, academic excellence, and the arts. A Peninsula education promotes lifelong learners, creative thinkers, and civic leadership. As we raise each generation of students with the values and lived experiences of Peninsula School, we support tolerance and transformation in society.