St. Albans’ excellence would not be possible without the diversity and dynamism of the community, our commitment to our common ideals, and the unique spirit of belonging and joy that defines the St. Albans culture. The varied identities, experiences, and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff, woven together by the traditions that bring us together each day, create a rich tapestry that celebrates the differences that make us individuals and the values that unite us. But in our constant desire to grow as an institution and live into our Episcopal values as fully as possible, we can and must improve in these areas. Central to that endeavor is attracting and retaining teachers and students with a diverse array of identities, experiences, and perspectives. Doing so is fundamental to creating a pluralistic dialogue that enriches the development of every student and allows us to understand and appreciate the critical role that every individual plays in contributing to the vibrancy, vitality, and success of the community.
Equally important is enhancing our culture of belonging so that all individuals feel comfortable living their authentic selves. This sense of community, comfort, and togetherness has always been the bedrock of the St. Albans experience, and we cannot effectively know, value, love, and support each person in a manner that celebrates their unique identity unless we foster the belonging that allows them to bring their whole self to school each day. Accomplishing that requires that we accelerate our efforts to rid our campus of racism, sexism, homophobia, religious prejudice, and all forms of bigotry, and to reinforce our efforts to teach our students that compassion, vulnerability, sensitivity, and courage are central to a healthy conception of masculinity.