University Cooperative School

5601 University Way NE

Seattle, WA 98105

Equity & Belonging

Diversity Statement

The University Cooperative School community prioritizes equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice in meaningful ways for our students and their families.

We value our differences. We are multi-racial and multi-ethnic. We come from mixed socioeconomic backgrounds. We are LGBTQ families. We are immigrants and the children of immigrants. Our families, teachers, and kids represent a diversity of histories and backgrounds.

We respect each other. The pedagogy of University Cooperative School is deeply rooted in the fostering of loving community and social emotional learning. We strive to build a safe, respectful, and joyful learning environment in which students collaborate and engage with a range of peers in meaningful ways.

We engage in discussion and learning about power, privilege, and injustice. Our community is committed to empowering students, parents, and teachers to take action in the world and be part of problem-solving.

We evolve. We are committed to self-improvement, and to our part in creating a more equitable world. We work to increase access for, and to better welcome and embrace families that have been historically marginalized and underserved. You are welcome here.

Our Diversity Statement was created by the school’s Diversity & Social Justice Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

Our Values

University Cooperative School is committed to equity and inclusion in our:

  • Admissions Process
  • Hiring and Professional Development Structure
  • Community Culture
  • Curriculum and Instructional Practice

Programs for Parent Education & Community Connection

Led by the school’s Diversity & Social Justice Committee, we take up vital issues through parent education workshops, common readings and discussion groups over coffee, and attending community events together, among other avenues. Throughout the year, University Cooperative School hosts visiting experts for workshops and trainings to promote connection and change both for our community and for the wider community of educators and parents.

Past presentations have included:

  • Equity & Inclusion Virtual Speaker Series
  • Dr. Leticia Nieto, Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment
  • Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., White Privilege 101
  • Noah Prince and Fleur Larsen, White Educators Training
  • Dr. Tanisha Brandon-Felder, Creating Culturally Inclusive Environments