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Office of Identity, Culture and Institutional Equity
Perspectives • Practices • Pedagogy

The Horace Mann School mission, the Core Values, and the Principles of Good Practice for Equity and Justice of NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) guide the work of the Office of Identity, Culture and Institutional Equity (ICIE). By focusing our diversity work in four areas, we strive to make culture more explicit, affirm identity, create context for understanding through academics, and engage the community in meaningful dialogue.


Follow the links below to learn more about recent activities and programs that reflect the four areas of work: 

Culture Identity Engagement Curriculum

Horace Mann School actively seeks to enrich and to nurture a school community with a diverse student body, a diverse faculty, staff and administration, and a rigorous and innovative curriculum. Our goal is to move with purpose and conviction toward greater inclusion. We define inclusion as policies, practices and programs based on a set of shared community values. Inclusivity is measured by the degree to which people of all backgrounds, people of all perspectives and people of all beliefs have an equal opportunity to contribute, to belong and to achieve within the community. We believe that inclusion requires everyone to recognize, to respect and to value difference.

Diversity at Horace Mann School means attracting and admitting the best and brightest young people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, religion, or disability and ensuring that they have the opportunity and support to succeed at Horace Mann School.  It is our strong belief that diversity is everyone's concern and is in everyone's best interest beginning in the Nursery Division, and continuing through the Upper Division.

Across all divisions, diversity is integral to the daily life of the school. The Office of Identity, Culture and Institutional Equity and the school administration are committed to furthering equity and justice in our school community by fostering active participation, encouraging open communication, and supporting meaningful and purposeful diversity initiatives for all members of the community.

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