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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
    Faith in Focus
    FemCo (Feminist Cooperative)
    Latine/Hispanic Student Union
    Jewish Affinity Group
    Middle School White Allies and Accomplices
    Students Against Ableism
    S.S.A.S.I (Students Supporting All Sexualities & Identities)
    Young Black Men
  • Student Conferences

    Select local and national conferences that Burke students attend:

    Belonging in Gender and Sexual Identity (BGSI)
    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 - M.S.W.
New in 2021-22, under Sharielle Applewhite's leadership, Equity, Inclusion & Civic Engagement Coordinators are instrumental in organizing civic engagement opportunities and creating equity programming for students. These coordinators are current faculty and staff members who have demonstrated a deep commitment to equity.

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    Jadéa Asante 

    Assistant Director of Communications / Yearbook
    Seton Hall University - B.A.
    Year Appointed: 2019
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    Ginger Attarian 

    MS & HS History
    Northwestern University - B.A.
    American University - M.A.
    Year Appointed: 2007
  • Photo of Matison Hearn-Desautels

    Matison Hearn-Desautels 

    MS & HS English
    Georgetown University - MA
    Bryn Mawr College - BA
    Edmund Burke
    Year Appointed: 2020
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    Karen Klautky 

    Assistant to the Head of School
    University of Maryland - B.A.
    George Washington University - M.A.
    Year Appointed: 2007
Co-ed, progressive, college prep school in Washington, DC featuring a challenging curriculum in an inclusive environment for grades 6-12.