Diversity, Equity & Inclusion | Student Experience

The most unifying aspect of Hotchkiss is our School community, which is made up of students, faculty, and staff from vastly different backgrounds and cultures. We are bonded by experiences shared on campus and by ideals held in common and carried forward long after students leave Lakeville.

Strengthening our culture with respect to the experiences of students of color and those from other marginalized groups is pivotal to creating a truly pluralistic and inclusive environment.

Hotchkiss | Danielle Ferguson '97

“What stands out to me, what I recognize to be different from some other schools, is that the work is not falling solely on the shoulders of one individual or small group, and the student voice has been strong throughout the process.”

– Danielle S. Ferguson '97, Co-chair, D&I committee, Board of Governors

Recent and Ongoing Work

The LGBTQ+ Experience

The Hotchkiss community includes students and adults who identify as straight, gay, trans, genderqueer, non-binary, gender non-conforming, gender fluid, agender, cis-male, and cis-female. We strive to ensure that everyone in our community feels recognized for who they are and who they are in the process of becoming so that they may discover and fulfill their full potential.

Spiritual and Religious Life

The Hotchkiss community represents a wide diversity of religious and spiritual traditions. We strive to make it possible for all students to practice their faiths freely and without obstacles. The Director of Spiritual and Religious Life at Hotchkiss works to arrange religious services on campus and to secure transportation for students to attend the area mosque, synagogue, Catholic church, or other off-campus houses of worship.