About Bement: Diversity at Bement



Diversity Mission Statement

Guided by the Bement School mission, the school is committed to creating a diverse coeducational community of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees representing a breadth of race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, family structure, socioeconomic status, and religious affiliation. The school seeks to provide an inclusive environment in which to foster mutual respect and understanding within our school and the world around us.


The Diversity Committee serves to provide ongoing support for Bement’s commitment to our mission and the advancement of diversity at Bement. The Diversity Committee comprises faculty and staff who share an interest in encouraging efforts in all representations of diversity, as defined in our mission statement.  The committee meets monthly to discuss ongoing opportunities to expand our diversity.  Areas of discussion include, but are not limited to: professional development opportunities; support for faculty, students, and families; curriculum review; and support for schoolwide efforts to broaden awareness and inclusiveness at Bement.

Read more about the founding of Bement's Diversity Committee here.


Members of The Bement School Diversity Committee 2016-2017


Christopher Wilson P'26, Head of School

Anna Wetherby, Orchestra Director
Jane Stewart, Kindergarten
James Snedeker, Band Director
Louise Smith P'95 '97, Lower School Assisting Teacher
Will Paulding, Lower School Physical Education
Emily MacLeod, Upper School Drama
Katie MacCallum, Fourth Grade
Kimberly Caldwell Loughlin P'18, Director of Admission
Emily Lent Hemingway, Lower School Head
Meg Britton Clark P'17, Director of Communications


Recent and Upcoming Events

The Diversity Committee meets regularly throughout the year, but we are always looking for new ways to inform our community on the issues of diversity. 

•  Professional Development Day Workshop:  Julie Mencher on gender diversity

•  Martin Luther King Day 2017: Building Connections Across Differences (The Recorder; 22News)

•  "How To Talk to Our Kids About Diversity" presentation by Christine Savini of Diversity Directions and Dr. Olivia Morehead-Slaughter  

•  Martin Luther King Day 2016: Author Richard Andersen, Springfield, Baseball & Racism: The Bunny Taliaferro Story

•  Bement Students of Color Lunch




Anti-Bullying Policy for The Bement School

Anti-Discrimination Policy for The Bement School



Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People, Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald

Through My Eyes, Ruby Bridges

A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America, Ronald Takaki

All Girls: Single-Sex Education and Why It Matters, Karen Stabiner

A White Teacher Talks About Race, Julie Landsman

"Children's Books That Tackle Race and Ethnicity," The New York Times

"21 Best Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Books for Kids," The Huffington Post


White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, Peggy McIntosh




Teaching Tolerance

Welcoming Schools, a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation

We Need Diverse Books



AISNE (Association of Independent Schools in New England) diversity conferences


New England Youth Identity Summit, March 31-April 1, 2017, Portland ME


The White Privilege Conference, April 27-30, 2017


TABS • NAIS Global Symposium, April 30 - May 2, 2017


Diversity Directions Independent School Seminar, July 10-15, 2017


NAIS People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference, November 30 - December 2, 2017, Anaheim, CA