Diversity, Belonging, Inclusion & Equity

DBIE Statement

Pembroke Hill seeks to fulfill our mission, Together, cultivating the best in each, for the benefit of all, by recognizing that diversity, belonging, equity and inclusion are integral elements of school and community life. Our mission-inspired goal is together, cultivating each to be a global thinker and valuable member of the PHS community poised to acquire the academic and life skills that make a significant difference for all.

DBIE Defined

DBIE Mission-Defined Work

DBIE Videos

The 2nd grade music program featured music from all across the globe, proving that we're all "Children of the World."

Jubilation, a textile piece by artist Sara Sonié Thompson-Ruffin, was commissioned on behalf of Don and Adele Hall to be displayed in the renovated Hall Student Center. The piece incorporates fabrics from the PHS community and holds several meanings for Pembroke Hill.

Dr. Jason Gines, Ph.D. '95 sits down with Pembroke Hill and talks with us about his new role as director of diversity, equity and inclusion, his background and what he's looking forward to at PHS.

Using Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech" as inspiration, sophomore Rachel Warder picked words that resonated with her. She then set these words to movement to create an impactful dance.

Our South Asia upper school club is creating a three-part information series about Ramadan. This week they produced a short video that they shared with their classmates. They also designed a bulletin board presentation in the upper school Commons.

Second grade students each chose one little leader outlined in Vashti Harrison’s books, Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, and Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History, to describe with an adjective.  They then used critical thinking techniques to write a persuasive paragraph about why their little leader fits the adjective they used to describe them with.

DBIE Updates

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DBIE Advisory Council

In 2020, Pembroke Hill created a Diversity, Belonging, Inclusion and Equity Advisory Council to the Board of Trustees. The 13 individuals who serve on the Advisory Council include parents, students, faculty/staff, alumni and Trustees. The Advisory Council, which is multiracial and multicultural, is co-chaired by Jamie Allen and Jorge Santizo, both of whom are current parents and Trustees.

This Advisory Council’s role is to extend guidance, not set policy, to the Board and school administration across multiple functions, but especially in terms of diversity, belonging, equity and inclusion while keeping Pembroke Hill accountable for work in this area.

  • Jamie Allen
    • Co-Chair, PHS Parent, Trustee
  • Jorge Santizo
    • Co-Chair, PHS Parent, Trustee
  • Bill Gautreaux
    • Former PHS Parent, Former Trustee
  • Aaron Rahsaan Thomas '95
    • Alum
  • Billie Howard Barnes
    • Lower School Fifth Grade Teacher
  • Yvonne Hsu
    • PHS Parent, Trustee
  • James Walden '73
    • Alum
  • Jeanette Jones
    • Upper School Social Studies Teacher
  • Michael Jones
    • Lower School Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Danny O'Neill
    • PHS Parent, Former Trustee
  • Brian Scharf '95
    • PHS Parent, Alum

Current students are also represented on the committee 

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