Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Be who you are, all the time.
At Branson we strive to build – to use Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s phrase – a “Beloved Community,” based on justice, equal opportunity, and love for all fellow human beings, where all members are important and interconnected. We do this to better prepare our students for the world of tomorrow.
We also seek to model diversity as excellence. Research shows that diverse groups make better decisions, solve problems more readily and effectively, and generally experience better outcomes than groups that are homogeneous. Through exposure to diverse experiences and ongoing critical reflection, we are reimagining education and redefining brilliance.
Students, we want you to feel like you can show up at Branson as your authentic self, express your views openly and with dignity, have your differences celebrated, and feel seen and valued both for your strengths and your areas of growth. We know that when this is true, your learning will be deeper, richer, and will leave you better prepared for wherever your path will take you.
Learn more about the ways our DEI program is modeling diversity as excellence, building community, and cultivating future leaders throughout the Branson community.
Branson believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential components of an excellent learning environment and a vibrant, caring community. We aspire to create a community in which every member feels a deep sense of belonging and inclusion.
Connecting with people with like experiences can provide insights and support. We currently offer 16 affinity groups for students, faculty/staff, and alumni—based on race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religion, size, nationality, family status, and more. Each year, new groups are created, reflecting the increasing diversity of our Branson community.
Since 1993, the Gallard Fellowship has enabled Branson to bring a Morehouse College or Spelman College graduate to teach here in their chosen field. The fellowship was created to attract African American men and women into the field of independent school education and has been instrumental in launching careers at Branson and beyond.
With over 100 unique forms of ethnicity represented in our people, Branson strives to become a Beloved Community in which every student’s cultural background can be celebrated, and where we learn from other's traditions and rituals.
Branson History Teacher Malik the 2017 James Madison Fellow for California and MAHG Graduate reflects on Dr. Martin Luther King's journey and the meaning and history of the King Holiday.
Branson celebrates Native American Heritage months as part of Heroes/Holidays & Food/Festival Program with speaker panel, Walk the Land event, and more!
Branson students had the opportunity to hear from two incredible female scientists: Dr. Elena Glassman and Dr. Hanadie Yousef. In a Zoom forum moderated by Branson Science Department Chair Carl Ma, Dr. Glassman and Dr. Yousef answered students' questions and shared advice about pursuing careers in STEM.
On Thursday, May 13, Branson’s AAPI faculty and staff, along with the DEI office, invited three panelists to speak with the Branson community in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
The final day of Branson’s first-ever Youth Forum featured Schuyler Bailar, an internationally celebrated inspirational speaker and a respected advocate for inclusion, body positivity, and mental health awareness.
Branson’s inaugural Youth Forum featured three amazing keynote speakers on April 29, 2021. The trio of climate activists, advocates, and entrepreneurs discussed the urgency of the planet’s climate crisis, while highlighting the hope they have for young people to find solutions to the huge challenges ahead.
Branson School’s student-led and student-organized Youth Forum, Education Reimagined – Brilliance Redefined opened on Wednesday, April 28 with a keynote discussion focused on youth activism, featuring three dynamic speakers: legendary activist Dolores Huerta, youth activist Arii Lynton Smith, and educator Maria Romero.
Branson students present an exceptional Youth Forum, April 28 - May 1, entitled Education Reimagined – Brilliance Redefined. Keynote speakers include Dolores Huerta, Arii Lynton Smith (Apothecarii), Schuyler Bailar (Pinkmantaray), David McGuire (Shark Stewards), Daniela V. Fernandez (Ocean Alliance), and Lil Milagro Henriquez (Women's Earth Alliance).