Why is Equity and Inclusion Important?

Equity and Inclusion at The White Mountain School

Numerous studies have demonstrated that the diversity of a school directly contributes to the quality of its students’ education. Exposed to a variety of perspectives, students learn to think critically, to challenge their assumptions, and to explore alternative approaches and solutions to real world problems. We know as well that children grow best when they feel wholly safe and wholly welcome. Students bring their personal backgrounds and histories to the classroom and their classmates and their teachers are richer for that gift.
Since our founding in 1886, The White Mountain School has prided itself in its Episcopal heritage which calls for our community to, 
“Strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the
 dignity of every human being.”
 (Book of Common Prayer, p.294)
It is out of this responsibility that we are proud of our community's work in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Affinity Groups at White Mountain

What are Affinity Groups?

An Affinity Group is a group of students and faculty linked by a common purpose, ideology, or interest. Affinity Groups play a vital role in ensuring an inclusive environment where all are valued, included, and empowered to succeed at White Mountain. Affinity Groups can provide a collective voice for students with common interests. The Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee dedicated the 2018-2019 school year to educating the community about the importance of Affinity Groups and surveyed our community for Affinity Groups they felt White Mountain needed. Backcountry Sisters is a great example of an Affinity Group that meets the unique needs of our school community as it brings together women in outdoor sports – an underrepresented group within the sport community.

White Mountain Affinity Groups:

  • Students of Color
  • Gender and Sexuality Alliance
  • Backcountry Sisters
  • Interfaith Council
  • International Student Council
Kim Cooper, Interim Director of Equity and Inclusion



371 West Farm Road  •  Bethlehem, New Hampshire 03574  •  603.444.2928
Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire,
The White Mountain School is a coeducational college-preparatory boarding and day
school for students grades 9-12/PG.