Gunston has a deep institutional commitment to supporting and sustaining a diverse, tolerant, anti-racist, and hate-free school environment. We do this through both programming and philosophy, and to this end, our Board recently approved a revised Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement that we would like to share:
Gunston promotes an environment that values the inherent dignity and worth of every individual, and we seek to educate our community to expect, navigate, and embrace difference in a thoughtful and civil manner. As such, we endeavor to create and sustain an inclusive and equitable community that welcomes individuals from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. We strive to cultivate an understanding and appreciation of diversity that includes, but is not limited to, age, ethnicity, family structure, gender, gender identity, nationality, neurodiversity, physical ability, political perspectives, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. As a school, we are committed to offering extensive, ongoing educational programming and professional development to support the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Consistent with the essential core of Gunston’s mission and philosophy, Gunston seeks to recruit and support a diverse student body, and our community consists of students and families from a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Overall;
approximately 18% of Gunston students identify as students of color,
and each year Gunston welcomes onto our campus international students from Europe and Asia who make up 11% of our student body. These talented young men and women, all of whom are living and studying far away from their family and support network, bring an extraordinary diversity of perspectives and experiences to our campus.
Meanwhile, approximately 61% of students receive need-based financial aid from Gunston.
Gunston has recently completed an institutional strategic planning process driven by our Board of Trustees and supported by the administration, faculty, and community. Echoing the language of our mission and philosophy, a prominent goal of the plan reinforces our commitment to global citizenship: