Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging


As a diverse community of learners, AC acknowledges, respects, and upholds equity and inclusion as crucial pillars for a transformative education. We strive to build safe, inclusive, and brave spaces that cultivate an expansive sense of belonging for all. Through committed collaboration and ongoing reflection, we seek to align our practices ever closer to the needs and ideals of our community.  


Equity Statement

The Allendale Columbia School Community affirms and celebrates its members as global citizens who seek to build compassionate connections rooted in social justice. We promote a strong ethic of social responsibility in our students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni. We strive to build a diverse community that promotes equity and justice for all. We foster an environment that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives present in the larger world. We embrace the National Association of Independent Schools’ Principles of Good Practice for Equity and Justice as a framework for inclusion. We commit to continuous, intentional evaluation of our practices to cultivate a culture of belonging, renewed and reimagined by the collective community.

















From Our Diversity Equity and Inclusion Blog

Director of Equity & Community Engagement

Lindsey Brown is a dedicated and passionate advocate for equity in all the educational roles in which she has served.  She is a New York State certified District and Building Level Leader and has more than 10 years of experience in Elementary Bilingual Education and World Language instruction. Lindsey played a key role in launching Allendale Columbia’s Summer learning partnership (AC LEAP) with School #17 in the Rochester City School District. She is thrilled to support AC faculty, students, and families as we build broad and deep connections across our community.