Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at Schoolhouse
In the words of theologian Richard Shaull, from his foreword to Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, “There is no such thing as a neutral educational process. Education either functions as an instrument that is used to facilitate the integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes the ‘practice of freedom,’ the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”
San Francisco Schoolhouse’s Commitments to Gender Identity & Gender Expression
San Francisco Schoolhouse strives to create an environment in which it is safe for all students and community members to present as their full selves. Schoolhouse affirms youth of all genders - cisgender, transgender, non-binary, gender fluid, agender, and any other gender identity. We are not “gender neutral” or “gender blind;” rather, we seek to acknowledge the individual journey of every student as they explore their own identity. We are working toward a world that recognizes, honors, and celebrates the unique gender of every member of our community. Currently, Schoolhouse honors these commitments through the following actions:
1. Students and community members may choose from available restroom facilities, which include all-gender multi-stall restrooms. When students are off-campus, students may use whichever restroom aligns with their gender identity.
2. All students and community members have the right to be addressed by their correct name and pronouns, as determined by them. We recognize the gravity of misgendering, and if we make a mistake, we redouble our efforts to address people properly.
3. Students and community members have a right to privacy around their gender identity and their bodies. Questioning gender or other aspects of a student or community member’s identity violates their privacy, dignity, and safety. These expectations of conduct and respect apply to adults as well as students.
4. We are committed to continually learning more as a community about gender identity and expression, and how best we can support the LGBTQ+ community.