DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
2nd Nature Academy is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. We strive to provide an authentic sense of belonging through fair and equitable treatment, access, and opportunities, by representing multiple identities, and by affirming that individual thoughts, beliefs, and perspectives matter.
Diversity is multi-faceted and includes matters of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, neurodiversity, ability, age, religious belief, political conviction, and more. Such attributes are used to enhance the program and to help all students and staff reach their full potential.
LEARN FROM DIVERGENT PERSPECTIVES
AMPLIFY UNHEARD VOICES
CREATE EQUITABLE OPPORTUNITIES
At 2nd Nature Academy, we create and nurture belonging through:
Providing opportunities for and accepting students and staff from diverse backgrounds and walks of life
Recognizing every individual’s unique skills, talents, and backgrounds
Regularly assessing, reevaluating, and updating educational resources
Forming individual relationships with students and families
Actively addressing and repairing inequities
Meeting diverse learning needs by providing regular professional development for a strong team of educators
Maintaining clear expectations of and offering support to all staff employed to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom
Establishing a precedent of respect for one another and divergent perspectives across our community, as well as facilitating opportunities for respectful discussion
Creating an environment free of hateful or hostile words and actions
2nd Nature Academy stands behind growing research that shows diversity in educational settings leads to positive outcomes for students in school, life, and when entering a global workforce. Students in diverse educational settings build critical thinking skills and social awareness through exposure to different individuals and divergent perspectives. This, paired with a community environment in which all students feel safe to think freely and express themselves authentically, can lead to improved academic outcomes, improved self-esteem, and more opportunities for all.