Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM) Survey
The National Association of Independent Schools will administer the AIM (Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism) survey from Friday, January 25–Friday, February 8, 2019, to all parents, faculty, staff, Upper School students, and alumni. The data from AIM can help Trinity shine a light on topics that include:
- Progress in meeting diversity, equity, and inclusion goals
- Success in existing diversity and multicultural programs and initiatives
- Your school's current level of inclusivity as perceived by multiple constituencies
- Areas of need, whether in curriculum, infrastructure, governance, or services
- Engagement processes that illuminate patterns, multiple perspectives, and opportunities for improvement
Trinity’s Policy on Diversity
In seeking to reflect the kingdom of God, Trinity School encourages diversity in its student body, staff, faculty and community. The vision of diversity at Trinity is uniquely Christian and flows out of our mission. The image of a diverse Trinity community is scripturally based and is already implicit in each of the five core distinctives, mentioned below and described in the Expanded Mission Statement.
The Framework of Christian Faith
Diversity in the Trinity community enhances Christian faith and conviction in crucial ways. Exposure to diverse students, teachers and leaders can demonstrate to children that people can have a perspective that is thoroughly Christian and transcends differences. Diversity in the body of Christ is also essential for the cultivation of Christian character. Exposure to those who are different in race, ethnicity, physical ability, socioeconomics, religious traditions, talents, and learning style, serves to enhance the teaching of habits of fairness, humility, truthfulness, courage, compassion and interdependence.
Truth, Goodness and Beauty
Trinity strives to prepare students for benevolent engagement with the culture at large. Exposure to various cultures, life experiences, and perspectives serves to train young people to see goodness in the variety of God’s human creation and virtue in every culture, despite our universal fallenness. Such a perspective leads to a deeper and richer appreciation for beauty, an appreciation that has the full spectrum of color, rather than being monochromatic.
Classical Tools of Learning
Trinity’s philosophy is not focused on memorizing content, but rather on teaching students how to learn for themselves. Through the classical tools of learning, Trinity strives to encourage children to ask all kinds of questions, discuss ideas, and analyze concepts. All of these tasks require exposure to various points of view. A diverse student body brings a variety of thought and experience that stimulates students to think more critically. In this way, Trinity prepares students for engagement with today’s increasingly globalized society.
A Rich and Unhurried Curriculum
Our culture often embraces diversity in a superficial sense, promoting a vision of tolerance among autonomous individuals rather than reconciliation between people in communities. In contrast, the educational mission at Trinity emphasizes going deep rather than going broad. Time is taken to appreciate the richness of God’s gifts. We encourage relationships with ideas and deep discourse as opposed to the larger culture’s consumption of superficial experiences without meaning. In this same way, embracing diversity at Trinity is in alignment with its principles of dipping profoundly into a story and drinking of the greater meaning. We encourage going deeply into the narratives of various groups not merely for tolerance, but for true understanding and reconciliation and insight into how these stories fit into The Great Story.
At Trinity, diversity has a distinctly Christian underpinning. We believe that embracing a diverse student body flows out of the framework of Christian faith and conviction. Living harmoniously within the body of Christ alongside those that are of various diverse backgrounds is implicit in the Christian mission and enhances the distinctives of our school
- The survey can be completed on a laptop, desktop, tablet, or smartphone device. It is best suited to the Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Safari browsers.
- You will be asked to indicate your role within the Trinity community. If you have more than one role (for example, if you’re a Board member or faculty member who is also a parent), you will be able to choose a primary role and an “also” role. To ensure comparability of the survey data, please choose your roles in this order: Board member; faculty/staff; parent; alumnus/alumna; student.
- You must complete all of the required questions in order to advance through the evaluation. Required questions are marked with a red asterisk.
- As you move from page to page in the evaluation, please use the Back and Next buttons at the bottom of each survey page.
- The system will record your response as you advance through the questions. You can leave the survey at any time and return later to resume your response. Simply click Save and Resume Later. The system will generate a URL for you to use in returning to the point where you left off to continue your entry. You can choose to copy that URL and save it, or have the system email the URL to you.