Diversity and Inclusion

Students and faculty attend the 27th annual NAIS People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference

CLS Diversity Mission Statement: As a community of learners, Charlotte Latin School is committed to creating a welcoming and supportive environment that accepts and honors all people. We respect individual differences, including, but not limited to, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.

We seek to foster a community that appreciates the benefits and responsibilities of living in a diverse world.

We believe that a deep understanding and valuing of difference is necessary to our overall mission and that community-wide participation in programs that advance the goals of diversity and inclusion is the key to our commitment.

Teaching Acceptance

Charlotte Latin believes that the School's traditions of honor above all, moral courage, and respect for oneself and others align perfectly with an appreciation for diversity and inclusion. These values are taught by offering our students many growth-promoting experiences that embrace acceptance with the goal that these life lessons will become organic in their lives and will prepare them for the global demands of an ever-changing society and world.

Charlotte Latin's curricular goals underpin acceptance and understanding of all people. The Lower School curriculum enhances students' communication and conflict management skills as important elements to accepting differences and building community. The Global Partners Program promotes a celebration of world cultures that illustrates the wonders of an interconnected world to young children. The Middle School embraces a "community of caring concept" in which students routinely study other countries' cultures and also participate in advisory sessions where students learn in a non-threatening atmosphere about poverty, empathy, and how not to be a bystander when peer pressure challenges doing the right thing. Additionally, students engage in leadership experiences such as the Underground Railroad leadership project.

Upper School students have the opportunity to participate in myriad extracurricular activities to enhance their understanding of people and cultures. Many Upper School students participate in the CLS Study Abroad with Latin's Sister Schools in Argentina, China, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, and Spain. They also may elect to attend the People of Color/ Student Diversity Leadership Conference, which is sponsored annually by the National Association of Independent Schools, and the North Carolina Independent School Student Diversity Conference. Students may join the Mosaic Club, which sponsors a multitude of activities to promote inclusiveness and respect.

Coupled with an age-appropriate service program that encourages students to reach out to support local and international philanthropic efforts and a commitment to servant leadership, the classrooms of Charlotte Latin School are engaged in significant work to build an inclusive school community and to educate students for their futures.

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