Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The twenty-first century is defined by a growing global society that challenges intolerance and values differences as a way to enrich and deepen our world. 

In May of 2015, the Hillbrook School Board of Trustees adopted a revised Statement of Inclusivity building on the original statement approved by the Board in 2002. Developed by the Inclusivity Task Force, a multi-constituent group made up of faculty, staff, administrators, parents, and members of the Board of Trustees, this statement reaffirms Hillbrook’s commitment to be an intentionally diverse community that reflects the extraordinary diversity of Silicon Valley.

Hillbrook's Statement of Inclusivity

We are an intentionally diverse community committed to a unified vision - to inspire students to achieve their dreams and reach beyond themselves to make a difference in the world. We believe that in order to achieve this vision, our community needs to reflect the diversity of Silicon Valley, including but not limited to diversity in socioeconomic status, family structure, race, ethnicity, learning abilities, gender, belief systems, and sexual orientation.

At Hillbrook, we see inclusivity as core subject matter and believe students learn best in an inclusive environment where every child has a voice. Every individual - child and adult - comes to Hillbrook with a unique identity and a singular experience. The greater our differences, the greater our opportunity for deep understanding. We want Hillbrook to be a safe, comfortable space for children to learn about obvious and subtle differences in themselves and others.

Our community works together to create a climate of mutual respect. We lean into the sometimes complex and challenging conversations about inclusivity because we believe that the growth of a community and learner is continual, and striking a careful balance between individuality and community can be difficult work. We are committed to inclusivity as an ongoing process that ultimately makes Hillbrook stronger, and that prepares our students to develop into responsible citizens.

A highlight during our weekly Flag gathering - a school-wide assembly where we share announcements, invite our community to share jokes, and come together at the start of each week - our DEI spotlight highlights unique Hillbrook experiences and backgrounds. Open for families, students, faculty/staff, or alumni to share, this spotlight offers a window into the amazing individual identities that make up our collective Hillbrook culture. 
Our Initiatives

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  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Steering Committee

    This committee is charged with ensuring the school’s overall health regarding issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This group is co-chaired by Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Gulliver LaValle and Board Chair, DEI Task Force Leila Johansson.
  • Hillbrook’s DEI Task Force

    Led by Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Board of Trustees Chair of the DEI Taskforce, this group will focus its efforts on building DEI frameworks into the community and broaden messaging through outreach and affinity.

Hillbrook DEI News Archives

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  • Photo of Gulliver LaValle

    Gulliver LaValle 

    Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
    (408) 356-6115 ext. 357
An independent Junior Kindergarten -8th grade school in Los Gatos since 1935

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