Diversity and Inclusion

Kent Place School is committed to its mission to educate its students for respectful and responsible participation in a global community. Kent Place School strives to promote justice and equity to create a school and working environment that is affirming and inclusive, where each member feels safe and valued. Kent Place School respects and honors diversity, which includes (but is not limited to) age, ethnicity, family structure, gender identity, national origin, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic background.

Statement of Intent
  1. Kent Place School recognizes that educational excellence and diversity are linked; we embrace diversity and recognize the enrichment it brings to the school community.
  2. Kent Place School supports the development of a school community that is culturally competent, socially responsible and appreciative of global perspectives.
  3. Kent Place School actively rejects all forms of discrimination, intolerance and bias.
  4. Kent Place School makes diversity and equity an integral and valued part of the school's culture, curriculum and programs.
  5. All members of the Kent Place School community will commit to and support the school's Diversity Plan.

Diversity & Academic Excellence

New Jersey is one of the most diverse states in the country. As an independent school that pools from over 80 different communities, we have the opportunity to truly reflect diversity in many ways.

Diversity enriches the student experience by building problem-solving, critical thinking and other crucial 21st-century learning and leadership skills. In our increasingly shrinking global world, awareness of multiple perspectives beyond our own is necessary for success and leadership possibilities. At Kent Place School, we are committed to our mission to educate students for responsible participation in a global community. We value diversity and seek to be inclusive and affirming of all the different voices and stories at our community’s table. Through our curriculum, conversations and our campus climate we seek to be culturally responsive and equitable. Diversity is not a program, but rather the fabric of our community.

Meet the Team

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Walidah Justice

    Walidah Justice 

    Director of Diversity and Inclusion
    (908) 273-0900 ext. 294
  • Photo of Dora Gragg

    Dora Gragg 

    PS Spanish / PS Diversity and Inclusion Liaison
    (908) 273-0900 ext. 309
  • Photo of Erin Hennessy

    Erin Hennessy 

    Department Chair / MS/US English / MS Diversity and Inclusion Liaison
    (908) 273-0900 ext. 349
  • Photo of Lydia Barovero

    Lydia Barovero 

    US Spanish / US Academic Dean
    (908) 273-0900 ext. 243
Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.