At Pomfret, we have been engaged in this work for more than fifty years. The first African American student graduated from Pomfret in 1965, the first female was accepted in 1968, and the first financial aid package was awarded in 1975. Today, the scale and scope of our work on race, gender, and class has expanded to include virtually every measure of diversity — from religion and sexual orientation to age and ability to culture and appearance. At Pomfret, it's what we do together that sets us apart.
Be Together, Not the Same
At Pomfret, we believe diversity is who we are. Diversity refers to those differences in identity that impact our social experiences, including status and access to resources. Most obviously it is determined by race, gender, and culture. On a more subtle level it includes class, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and appearance. We are guided by research which indicates academic excellence and a diverse learning environment are synergistically linked and that students in diverse classroom settings show growth in intellectual development, motivation, academic skills, standardized test scoring and grade point averages.
The Virginia S. Eaton Multicultural Resource Center was established in December 2015 to enrich the Pomfret community through increased knowledge, awareness, and understanding of diverse cultures and perspectives by addressing issues such as racism, sexism, economic and social inequity, and prejudice.
This multicultural resource center serves, supports, and empowers faculty, staff, students, and other constituents to actualize their full potential. In particular, the center focuses on the professional development of all faculty, and the recruitment, hiring and retention of faculty and administration of color.
The center is housed on the Pomfret School campus, and all public, private and faith-based schools within a one-hour radius will be eligible for membership, including schools in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Pomfret is a founding member of SPHERE, a consortium of eleven Hartford area independent schools that came together in the early 1970s to broaden the diversity of their student bodies, administration, faculty, and staff. We are also a Charter Member and Legacy Award Recipient of A Better Chance, whose mission is to substantially increase the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.