Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
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.
A Culture of Inclusive Excellence
Our culture of inclusive excellence is rooted in the School’s Mission and Core Values. From the moment you become a part of the Latin family, your talents, perspective and engagement are both welcomed and expected. We embrace the creativity that arises from diverse points of view, honor our students’ rich cultural experiences and aspire to foster a sense of belonging for every member of our School community.
Culturally Responsive Education and Critical Thinking Skills
The School’s culture of inclusive excellence is shaped by our dedication to providing each student a culturally responsive education. Culturally responsive teaching begins with
skilled educators. The School is especially proud of its demonstrated emphasis on attracting the most talented professionals to nurture the next generation of gifted scholars, community servants and global leaders. This includes experienced educators as well as our Latin Fellows. The Latin Fellows program is a new and exciting diversity initiative which transitions aspiring educators from underrepresented groups into the classroom through a collaborative experience.
Teaching critical thinking skills and culturally responsive education are inextricably linked. We view culture as a strength that is useful for increasing self-awareness and consciousness of others. What’s more, we recognize that culturally responsive education – with its emphasis on learning partnerships, deep reflection, and increased opportunities for analyzing issues within the sociopolitical framework – is a perfect mechanism for promoting critical thinking.