Shipley's Vision 20/26: Inspiring Lives of Purpose Strategic Plan states, "We inspire and prepare each of our students to live a life of purpose: to grow intellectually, act compassionately, and lead courageously." A key strategy under the goal of Educational Excellence is to: Cultivate a diverse and inclusive community where all members learn from, through, and about each other, increasing our ability to work across differences in our school, in our communities, and in the world. Our DEI Strategic Plan provides a roadmap for achieving this ambitious and important goal.

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    Diversity, equity, and inclusion work constantly evolves, never ends, and impacts every member of a community. Shipley’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan is both an immediate and multiyear effort. It is part of the School’s continued journey to look inward, strengthening trust within and for all members of our community. The purpose of the Plan is to help Shipley be a truly anti-racist and diverse educational institution that embraces social justice for, and offers genuine belonging to, people of all races, colors, ethnicities, sexual orientations, genders, religions, nationalities, and socioeconomic statuses.
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    Foster a fully diverse and inclusive community.
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    Create immediate and longer-term School-wide initiatives regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion at Shipley. Prepare students to be leaders in a global society. Commit to sustaining a vibrant, inclusive, and caring multicultural community.
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    Ensure an equitable experience for all members of the community.
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    Involve all community voices from students, colleagues, families, and alumni. Ensure that cultural awareness and understanding are reflected in many areas of school life.
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    Regularly review Plan strategies and tactics to ensure the effectiveness of these initiatives in both the near- and long-term.
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The Plan

DEI Plan Leadership

Role of the Board of Trustees

We are also grateful for, and indebted to, the Board of Trustees. Following the formation of the DEI Task Force in the spring of 2020, the Board elevated the School’s DEI work to a Strategic Plan and, on January 9, 2021, adopted the Plan’s Vision, Preamble and Goals, reflecting the Board’s commitment to the School’s work in this area. Over the course of this year, the Task Force has partnered with the Administration in its efforts to finalize the plan. The Board will further support the DEI Plan by ensuring that resources are available and will hold the Administration accountable for consistent, comprehensive, and effective implementation of the Plan’s strategies and tactics.


The Shipley School, a Pre-Kindergarten through 12 coeducational day school, is committed to educational excellence and dedicated to developing in each student a love of learning and a compassionate participation in the world. Through a strong college preparatory curriculum in the humanities and sciences, the school encourages curiosity, creativity, and respect for intellectual effort. Shipley upholds and promotes moral integrity, a sense of personal achievement and worth, and concern for others at school and in the larger community.
The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.