Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

The DEI Committees support and enact the deeply important work towards diversity, equity and inclusion at Trillium Waldorf School.  The DEI Committees’ membership will strive to include members of Faculty, Administrative Staff, Board, Parents, and Alumni.

DEI Tri-Pillar Committee – this committee is currently made up of parents, faculty, and alumni, and meets twice per month to set strategic goals based on the TrWS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Goals: to maintain a Working Document, to learn together, and to facilitate the work of sub-committees. 

DEI Hub – this committee is made up of faculty and meets twice per month to enact goals set by the Tri-Pillar Committee, and to look into any concerns related to equity and inclusion raised by members of the TrWS community, and to propose DEI professional development for faculty.

The following are some of the guiding documents related to DEI work at TrWS:

TrWS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Goals: A Working Document (link)

Trillium Waldorf School Position Statement on Racism in Waldorf Education: A Working Document (link)

Trillium Waldorf School Position Statement: Racism and Fundamentalism in Waldorf Education (link)

DEI Book Recommendations

As part of our work, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee will make book recommendations on a theme a few times each school year. This first set of book recommendations is on the theme of gender diversity, including trans and non-binary gender identities. Members of the Committee have read all the books listed below and recommend them without hesitation. Click here to see the list of recommended books (link).

Healthy School Culture

TrWS has also been enacting the Healthy School Culture initiative to support inclusion in the culture of TrWS. The Three Streams of Student Support provide a structure for this environment and enable us to better assist students who are having difficulties educationally, socially, or behaviourally. This work is based on Kim John Payne’s approach to student development and support, and pulls heavily from the ideas of restorative justice and social-emotional intelligence. For more information, please visit the Healthy School Culture (link) page.

Tuition Adjustment Program (TAP)

Trillium Waldorf School believes in the ideal that Waldorf education should be accessible to all families who wish it for its own values, regardless of their economic status, as expressed in one of our guiding principles above. We demonstrate our commitment to this ideal through our Tuition Adjustment Program (TAP), which exists to ensure that the acceptance of a child into our school does not depend solely on the financial resources of the child’s family. For more information, please click here (link).

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