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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 Student Association
    Black Girls Meet
    Black Student Union
    Boys Leading Boys
    Examining White Privilege and Allyship
    Feminist Cooperative
    Jewish Affinity Group
    Mixed Race Affinity Group
    Muslim Student Association
    Students Against Ableism
    Young Black Men
  • 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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    Sharielle Applewhite 

    Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Civic Engagement
    202-362-8882 ext 657
    University of Connecticut - B.A.
    Hunter College - Master of Social Work
Co-ed, progressive, college prep school in Washington, DC featuring a challenging curriculum in an inclusive environment for grades 6-12.