Belonging at KUA

Central to a feeling of being safe in a community is ensuring that each member of the community feels appreciated for who they are, feels empowered to be their authentic self, and therefore grows to be the best version of who they wish to be. From the inception of Kimball Union Academy in 1813 to the present day, we have failed to ask the question “what does it truly mean to be an inclusive community to everyone?” 

Beginning in the summer of 2020, KUA renewed its commitment to meaningful work in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion so that all may feel a profound sense of belonging. We will fulfill our mission to prepare students for the challenges of tomorrow’s world by engaging in anti-racist work and educating ourselves and our students in the areas of racial injustice, systemic racism, and institutionalized inequality. 

Statement of Inclusivity

Kimball Union Academy is dedicated to providing a welcoming and safe environment in which all community members value and respect each other’s unique qualities and contributions. We are committed to nurturing a learning environment where the principles of dignity, equity, and justice are an essential part of our culture and daily life. We encourage the exploration of independence and interdependence as we affirm our promise to honor individuality, celebrate our differences, and embrace our connections with each other and the global community.

Campus Clubs and Interest Groups

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  • Athletic DEI Council

    Led by KUA student-athletes the council seeks through the medium of athletics, to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion as integral aspects of culture inside of the KUA community, which fosters caring and compassionate global citizens. 
  • BIPOC Affinity Group

    This student-led initiative provides students of color with a space to meet and talk openly about issues and topics of importance in their lives and receive faculty and administrative support. 
  • Queer-Straight Alliance

    QSA is an important space where students are made to feel safe and valued as members of our community. Student leaders aim to help encourage fellow students and teachers to learn more about the LGBTQIA+ community. 
  • Jewish Student Club

    This student-led group honors and celebrates various Jewish traditions throughout the year as well as partnering with other faith groups on campus to share traditions and inspire understanding.
  • Community Action Block

    This academic period offers students an opportunity to lead action and service-based programs that empower students to be the pillars of an anti-racist community so they may support long-term social and environmental justice.

Tyler Lewis, Head of School

Now it is our responsibility to make the institutional change that we acknowledge is long overdue. We are at a pivotal moment in the history and trajectory of KUA.

Our Commitment

Our community will be defined by a deep sense of belonging for every community member and we are committed to listening and to growing as a community and recognize our individual and collective responsibilities.
In August 2020, Head of School Tyler Lewis shared a letter with the Kimball Union Academy community outlining the necessary steps the Academy – as approved by the Board of Trustees, the administration, faculty, and staff – will take to fully support our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students, families, employees, and alumni so that everyone may feel a profound sense of belonging.

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