New Trier High School believes that work valuing equity and diversity must be embedded in all parts of the student experience, including in its curriculum, extracurricular programs, and student support services. As part of the first year goals of the New Trier 2030 Strategic Plan , each department and area was asked to develop and implement specific student-oriented equity goals to address the gaps our students have identified. In addition to these goals, New Trier offers resources such as Affinity Groups for specific groups of students, cultural clubs, and school-wide programs such as the Identity Project on the freshman campus and a 2019-2020 school year four-day adviser room lesson on the Power of Language. Some of these resources are listed below.
Power of Language Lesson:
As the first installment in a larger focus on the power of language, students participated in lesson on the history and use of the n-word during Adviser Periods in November 2019. The lesson was designed to address the use of racial slurs and other slurs related to identity and their impact on our school community as a component of our strategic plan: New Trier 2030. The lesson focused on the history and use of the N-word as example of this hurtful language, and the examination of this word's impact as a model for considering how other slurs cause similar harm. During the lesson, advisers led facilitated discussions examining the violent history of this word, its impact, and its use in popular culture. Materials for the lesson included news reports, historical information, and video clips. The goal for the lesson was to reinforce that this language is unacceptable and to help students better understand the impact on themselves, their classmates, and the school. The lesson ended with a clear statement of the school's belief: "We do not want our student body to use the n-word, racial slurs, or any slurs targeting people's identity. These words hurt others, they destroy our school community, and they reflect poorly on those who say them." Power of Language Lesson
The Identity Project on the Northfield Campus serves to engage students in quarterly thematic discussion on the following social-emotional topics:
a. Q1: Identity (Who am I? How do I feel about myself?)
b. Q2: Dignity/Empathy (How do I make my peers feel about themselves?)
c. Q3: Stereotype/Bias (How do I relate to people who are different than me?
d. Q4: Community (How are we a community?)
The Identity Project shows New Trier's commitment to educating the whole child and fulfills the motto of: Committing minds to inquiry, hearts to compassion, and lives to the service of humanity. Although most instruction occurs during and within advisery, language from this interdisciplinary project explicitly appears in KW, English and MCL curricula. Identity Project 2019-2020
These are groups of students who share an identity and meet in a supportive environment to share experiences, socialize, communicate, and educate: Social Work Support Groups
- BLACK AND BROWN CLUB (Northfield Campus)
- BLACK STUDENT ALLIANCE (Winnetka Campus)
- MUSLIM STUDENT ASSOCIATION
- SKITTLES - For students identifying as LGBTQ+
- TRANSGENDER/GENDER EXPANSIVE GROUP
- WAYA - For students identifying as multi-racial
- YOUNG ASIANS WITH POWER
Student Voices in Equity
This group is open to all students interested in actively working toward its mission: "To foster a Trevian community that emboldens students to understand privilege and its effects and commits itself to cultivating compassion and equity."
Student Multicultural and Social Justice Clubs
New Trier High School offers more than 150 clubs, intramural sports, and performing arts opportunities through its extracurricular program. Among the clubs include many devoted to learning about and celebrating different cultures and working toward social justice. Those clubs can be found here .
New Trier High School is committed to maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment and addressing incidents that impact our campus climate. TrevTips is designed for individuals to remain anonymous while reporting safety concerns including but not limited to:
- Personal safety or safety of another student
- Hazing, harassment, or bullying
- Bias incidents
Students who wish to use this resource can find the reporting form here .