Affinity groups are designed to be safe spaces for students who share a common identity. Thaden’s Student of Color Union (SoCu) will provide the opportunity for students of color to discuss their individual experiences, learn about their culture, reflect on their own identity development, and build communities of support. Thaden’s Student of Color Union is facilitated by two senior leaders, Jayleen Almaraz and Jordan Stewart-Mitchell, as well as two supporting faculty members, Christian Cauthon and Haiyan Fan. Thaden’s Student of Color Union will increase our student’s sense of belonging by providing spaces for renewal, dialogue, reflection, and action.
Christian Cauthon has been appointed to chair of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging committee.
As the country honored the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., so did the students at Thaden. Several students and families spent the day volunteering in a day of service. Projects included restoring, repairing, and building bikes with Pedal It Forward; lot cleanup, fence staining, stocking shelves, and dusting for Habitat for Humanity; and more.
Our first Interfaith Panel for upper school students encouraged discussion about interfaith cooperation and how diversity is essential to the quality of a Thaden education.
For the past four years, members of Thaden School's faculty and staff have participated in the National SEED Project (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity), which "partners with schools, organizations, and communities to develop leaders who guide their peers in conversational communities to drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward social justice."
Six Thaden School students, Susanna Kelly '24, Jordan Stewart-Mitchell '23, Joseph Chen '25, Ava Gibbs '25, Jayleen Almaraz '23, and Mattie Smith '24, attended the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) offering students opportunities to form allies, self-reflect, and build community.
We are proud to be recognized by Arkansas Money & Politics readers as a Diversity in the Workplace Award winner for 2022.
Thaden School is recognized by the Arkansas Money & Politics for embracing the diversity, equity and inclusion in the classroom influenced by its architectural design that encourages meaningful conversations between faculty and students.
Kayla Corcoran, History and Social Sciences Academic Chair and Faculty at Thaden School, was awarded a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms program award. Ozarks at Large asked her about the courses she's developed and taught dealing with immigration, conflict and global trade.
Students at Thaden School in Bentonville helped lead two community service projects to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Students put on a winter weather clothing drive and made greeting cards for residents and staff at the Primrose Retirement Community and the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter.
Eddie S. Glaude, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University, was the opening general session speaker at the People of Color Conference (PoCC), hosted by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), last week. Thaden School faculty joined 8,000 attendees from around the world gathered to “provide a safe space for leadership, professional development, and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools.”