Diversity and Inclusion Mission Statement
What is MBA’s commitment with respect to diversity and inclusion?
Montgomery Bell Academy believes that diversity and inclusion centrally inform the quality of the school. Our commitment to develop gentlemen, scholars, and athletes demands an underlying commitment to ensure that all members of the MBA community are valued and respected, that our programs and curriculum engage complex histories and present realities, and that our extra-curricular offerings inculcate empathy and friendship among students whose diversity spans race, religious preference, physical ability, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.
Why do we embrace diversity at MBA?
MBA believes that racism, sexism, religious intolerance, classism, and any other form of prejudice divides and damages our civil society. We further believe that, as an educational institution devoted to the formation of gentlemanly character, the qualities of inclusive and diverse communities should define each of our students as they learn to become gentlemen: respect, humility, kindness, empathy, and courage. Developing and reinforcing these values within our boys is essential to our individual and collective well-being in an ever-changing world. Finally, we believe that our community is enriched by differing and even conflicting perspectives and life experiences. By fostering an environment in which all boys feel welcomed and accepted, we will provide a richer and more transformative education.
Why is the ‘gentleman’ ideal useful in pursuing diversity?
Despite the aristocratic origins of the term ‘gentleman,’ MBA affirms its value and adaptability as a pedagogical tool in the 21st century. When we speak of gentlemanly characteristics, we speak of character attributes, nuanced and rich knowledge acquisition, and social engagement that distinguish gentlemen. Embracing diversity complements the part of our mission that aspires to help boys become good men.
How do we pursue these commitments at MBA?
MBA firmly believes that strength of community will stimulate honest, individual growth, self-awareness, and inspire us to build life-long, authentic friendships, born out of an aspiration to be gentlemen, scholars and athletes. To that end, the school pursues a wide array of institutional practices, events, and strategic plans at the administrative, faculty, student, and community levels in service of our goal to build a diverse and inclusive school. Some of these activities are detailed in the drop-down menus at right.
What do we achieve through embracing diversity?
Strength of community, preparation for an ever-changing world, individual growth and self-awareness, inspiration, authentic friendships.
How would MBA characterize diversity?
Race, Sexual Orientation, Cultural Identity, Socio-economic Status, Religion, Physical Ability.