It is time for parents to teach young people early on
that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
~Maya Angelou

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility

It is a fundamental goal of Waldorf education to bring students to an understanding and experience of the common humanity of all the world’s peoples. We reject discrimination based on race, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, creed, religion, national origin, or ethnicity. Waldorf Schools are independent and non-sectarian, designed to educate all children, regardless of cultural or religious backgrounds.

“A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each human soul, the whole community is living,and when, in the community, each human soul finds its reflection.”  

– Rudolf Steiner

We believe such work is healing, restorative, and life-giving for everyone involved.

The IDEA Committee

Through a collaborative process among parents, Faculty Conference,  and Board of Trustees, the school formed the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Committee in 2017. The committee is made up of teachers, parents and community members and meets once a month.

Mission Statement

Inclusion, diversity, and equity must be woven into Hartsbrook’s living and breathing. The mission of the IDEA committee is to:

  • Articulate a vision for inclusion, diversity, and equity at Hartsbrook.
  • Support and nurture the growth of Hartsbrook as an inclusive, diverse, and equitable institution.
  • Guide Hartsbrook on this journey through community engagement, research, and planning.

To accomplish this mission, the committee focuses on:

  • Community building, emotional, and connective work – a social undertaking.
  • Cultivating a space for translation between different aspects of Hartsbrook’s community.
  • Bringing resources for analysis and tools for professional and curricular development to support our being able to teach for the 21st century.
  • Supporting the school when the unexpected arises.
Inclusion, Equity and Diversity


To Learn More

Contact IDEA:

Families find IDEA’s mandate and meeting notes here:
Parent Portal > Notes