Burke Life

Equity and Inclusion

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 here, from assemblies to course curricula. Teachers and students alike appreciate that Burke has dedicated an administrative office and significant resources to this facet of the school.

Our 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.

Special Assemblies & Films

Ethical Dilemmas Within Social Movements:
Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Georgetown University 
20th Anniversary of the Million Man March 
Transgender Identity: Laya Monarez, Human Rights Campaign 
Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign: David Tannenbaum, ThinkNear
Syrian Refugee Crisis: Kevin Sullivan & Linda Davidson, The Washington Post
The 2016 Presidential Campaign: Jay Newton-Small, TIME Magazine

Straightlaced: How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up with Nicole Hast
The Mask You Live In
Co-ed, progressive college prep school in Washington, DC featuring a challenging curriculum in an inclusive environment for grades 6-12.