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Our mission is to bring together students who are different from one another in many ways. Embracing differences, developing sensitivity to the perspective of others, and preventing isolation of any one group are intrinsic to Burke's culture.
Our Director of Equity & Inclusion is committed to weaving the principles of affirmation and fairness into everything we do at Burke – from assemblies to course curricula. 

Unique amongst independent schools, every member of Burke’s faculty, staff, and administration must complete two in-house professional growth tracks: "Cultural Competency" and "Social Justice Pedagogy." Each growth track meets six times during the academic year with cohorts of ~15 participants.

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  • Student Affinity Groups

    Asian Students Association
    Black Student Union
    Examining White Privilege & Allyship 
    Immigrant Family Affinity Group
    Jewish Affinity Group
    Middle Eastern American Students
    Muslim Student Association
    Mixed Race Affinity Group
    Students of Color - Middle School
    White Allies/Accomplices

    Boys Leading Boys
    Black Girls Meet
    Feminist Cooperative (FemCo)
    Students Against Ableism
    Students Supporting All Sexualities & Identities (SSASI)
    Young Black Men
  • Student Mission-Related Groups

    InLight Diversity Magazine
    News of the World
    Students for Environmental Action
  • Student Conferences

    Select local and national conferences that Burke students attend each year:

    • Diversity in the DMV
    • Georgetown Day School Sexual Assault and Consent Summit
    • GLEAN (Girls Leadership, Empowerment, and Networking) Conference
    • Independent School Gender and Sexuality Awareness Summit
    • NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference
    • St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Middle School Diversity Conference
  • Equity and Inclusion Statement

    Burke respects the dignity and humanity of our students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and trustees, as well as our broader community. We foster a culture of equity and inclusion that embraces the wide range of backgrounds and perspectives present at Burke. We continuously strive to cultivate understanding and appreciation of diversity that includes, but is not limited to, age, ability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, gender identity, political perspectives, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

    We acknowledge and encourage differences of opinions, ideas, and interests, and we expect thoughtful discussion and civil engagement. Burke affirms the individual worth of all community members, and we challenge behaviors that demean, marginalize, or exclude others. Our goal is to maintain a diverse school community that exemplifies these values and to fulfill our commitment to equity and inclusion consistently in all areas of school and community life.

Director of Equity and Inclusion

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    Steven Lee 

    Director of Equity and Inclusion / Health, Values, & Ethics Department Chair
    202-362-8882 x657
    UCLA - B.A.
    UC Berkeley - M.A.
Co-ed, progressive, college prep school in Washington, DC featuring a challenging curriculum in an inclusive environment for grades 6-12.