Diversity, inclusion and international understanding
We value diversity in broadening the learning experience
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion links with our mission to ‘advance international understanding‘. The college was founded after the Second World War with the goal of creating champions for peace, understanding and non-discrimination. Racism or any form of discrimination does not align with our core values. We embrace differences and promote a culture of open-mindedness.
Please stand with us to take on this challenge and stay involved in the conversation. Our communities and the world depends on it.
Our commitment to justice and non-discrimination
The Black Lives Matter movement has brought the crisis of racial and social injustice to the world’s attention. There is a drive to seek meaningful change in the systems, structures and mindsets that have, consciously or not, fostered racism.
The college community comprises of students, staff, and alumni from all over the world. We promote equal opportunities for students and staff. But we must respond to this challenge by examining: what else can we do to promote diversity and encourage inclusivity?
Diversity and Inclusion working group
We are working cooperatively with students, alumni and staff to reflect on our responsibilities and make positive change. Our ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ working group comprises of members from ethnically diverse backgrounds. It includes the Principal (Chair), Vice Principal Pastoral (Convenor), a Governor, 3 staff members, 3 current students and 3 former students.
The working group considers diversity within the curriculum as well as the student and staff population. However, we recognise that the issues go much deeper, so we are continuing the discussion on how we can broaden or adapt activities to challenge racism. Our commitment to justice and non-discrimination is outlined in our ‘Diversity and Inclusion Declaration of Intent’.
Schools Inclusion Alliance
We are proud to be a member of the Schools Inclusion Alliance, a UK-wide network of independent schools who pledge take steps to embed inclusion into the school culture.
International peace and understanding
In 2023, we celebrate the 70th anniversary of our foundation. The college was established by idealist, Anne Dreydel, whose vocation was to build good relations and enhance international understanding in the aftermath of World War II. One of our founding governors, Professor Gilbert Murray, was an original and active member of the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief, founded in 1942, which later became Oxfam. He was deeply affected by the First World War, and after it he became one of the leading figures in promoting world peace through the League of Nations and later the United Nations.
Crisis in Ukraine
In light of recent events, which soberly takes us back to the darkest days of the Cold War, the college continues to act as a force of hope. Our hearts go out to our partners, as well as both current and former students affected by the recent conflict. We fervently hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and that peace returns soon. The promotion of peace and understanding is woven into the texture of everything we stand for and so you can be reassured that our community will remain a safe environment for everybody. Read our letter from the Principal.
We will continue to welcome students from all countries, encouraging them to listen to each other and understand and respect different perspectives. We will also inspire young people to have the courage to stand up for human rights, democracy and the rule of law. At this time, we will be instigating a series practical measures to support the welfare of Ukrainian and Russian students in our care.
We are in discussions with local charity Asylum Welcome, national charity RefuAid and Oxfordshire County Council about
supporting Ukrainian refugees who are relocated to Oxford. We are also offering free English language tuition for adult
refugees (as we have been doing recently for Afghan and Sudanese refugees). As well as this, many UK based families connected with St Clare’s have offered to host refugee families.
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