Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


The Diversity mural (above), designed and painted by Peddie students, is proudly displayed in the Student Center. It was inspired by the variety of cultures, backgrounds and nationalities represented at Peddie.


An integral part of DEI work at Peddie is understanding and navigating the relationship between the personal, interpersonal, and systemic.

We often use self-reflection and listening as an entry point into the work. By holding space for our individual stories and lived experiences, we acknowledge our interconnectedness as a larger community. Keeping community at the center of our work allows us to engage in discussion and programming that is thoughtful, intentional, and well-informed. 



Programs and Initiatives

NEST Program

Pre-orientation programming is available for students who hold historically underrepresented identities in independent school. For more information contact nestprogram@peddie.org.

DEI Councils

Student DEI Council
Employee DEI Council
DEI Alumni Advisory Council

All-Gender Housing

An additional residential option is available where students of any gender identity or expression reside together.



One full class day each term is dedicated to intentional community programming and reflection on aspects of identity and belonging.

Bias Response Program

Reporting system and protocol has been implemented for bias incidents with a focus on accountability and restorative practices.


Affinity Groups

Affinity groups provide spaces for folks who share a common identity or experience to gather, connect, celebrate and collaborate.



Meet the Team

LaVern Burton

LaVern Burton

Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Desmond Frost

Desmond Frost

Teacher, DEI Events and Logistics Coordinator, Head Coach, Girls Junior Varsity Tennis
Jacqueline Rivera

Jacqueline Rivera

Assistant Director of Admission, Director of Multicultural Recruitment, DEI Coordinator for Affinity and Engagement
Morgan Spivey

Morgan Spivey

Teacher, DEI Coordinator for Student Programs and Support


What is our vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion work at Peddie?

  • Recognizing and addressing systemic inequities
  • Incorporating more just and equitable structures, practices, and policies
  • Building culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Providing folks the care, guidance, and resources that they need to thrive
  • A strong sense of belonging for all community members

AIM Recommendations

Beginning in Winter 2020, Peddie conducted the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM) in an effort to evaluate and understand more deeply the climate of inclusion on our campus. Students, parents, faculty and staff, alumni and trustees were invited to participate in a survey, and Peddie's AIM committee received the results in May of 2020. Following are the recommendations based on the results of the AIM survey:

  • Provide the DDEI with the necessary resources and support. 
  • Implement an institution-wide reporting and accountability system for bullying, teasing and unjust, prejudiced, or discriminatory interactions.
  • Increase the structural diversity of faculty, staff, administrators and trustees to represent the diversity of the student body.
  • Demonstrate a sustained commitment to DEI by reserving time and space to have ongoing conversations and to provide community members with the common vocabulary/tools necessary to engage fully.
  • Evaluate and improve campus-facilitated interactions, advising/teaching practices and curriculum to ensure diverse representation, equity and inclusion.
  • Expand campus wellness efforts to include ongoing community programming focused on wellness and student concerns.
  • Evaluate and modify our physical plant, programs and school communications to provide an equitable, welcoming and validating experience for non-binary and LGBTQIA+ community members.
  • Revise the strategic plan to include a section specifically focused on DEI initiatives.

DEI Day Spring 2022

DEI Day Spring 2022

DEI Day Fall 2021

DEI Day Fall 2021



The Latest

Zoe Chao

Tour guide Zoe Chao ’23 was one of the first students to create an affinity group at Peddie. By creating a space for AAPI students to connect, she helped build a stronger community.

Guest speaker Imani Barbarin leads the Peddie community in a conversation about disability.

On its first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Day of 2022, the Peddie community took a deep dive into ability with keynote speaker Imani Barbarin and a workshop with Christina Irene.

David Mitchell and Arthur Brown

In 1959, David Mitchell '63 and his classmate Arthur Brown '63 became friends. The two forged a bond that has lasted for over 60 years and inspired Arthur and his wife, Jo, to build a legacy that will live long beyond them. 

March 2021 DEI Progress Report

Continuing its work towards making the Peddie experience as inclusive and equitable as possible, Head of School Peter Quinn provided an update on the school's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work to date. 

Diku Rogers '12 and Head of School Peter Quinn

Peddie is doing more to advance diversity, equity and inclusion on campus.

October 2020 DEI Progress Report

Continuing its work towards making the Peddie experience as inclusive and equitable as possible, Head of School Peter Quinn provided an update on the school's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work to date. 

Members of the first coed class

On the 50th anniversary of Peddie returning to coed, alumnae recalled difficult, sometimes isolating, but also illuminating experiences on campus

UNC statue

Regan Cook '19 shares how she helped research legal avenues for the removal of a Confederate statue on the UNC campus.

Peddie presents "The Laramie Project"

Peddie students staged an emotional production of “The Laramie Project” in October, a show the theater department called a valuable play that opened up many conversations on campus.