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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Brewster’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mission Statement
Brewster Academy is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which every community member is able to live authentically and feel a sense of safety and belonging. 

DEI’s Roots at Brewster
From its inception, Brewster has emphasized that a diverse learning environment is part of a quality education. In 1887, John Brewster’s estate established Brewster Free Academy under the condition that “No restriction shall be placed upon any person desiring to attend and receive instruction from said school or academy on account of his or her age, sex, or color, provided only he or she is of good moral character.” 

Today, as Brewster fulfills its mission to “prepare diverse thinkers for lives of purpose,” we continue that early vision. We also embrace diversity in all its forms. Two hundred years ago, diversity was based on age, gender, and race. Today, it also encompasses cognition, religion, sexual identity, nationality, physical ability, and more. 

Brewster students pictured with their Trey Whitfield School mentees. Brewster's program with the Trey Whitfield School is one of many aimed at active participation in equity and inclusion. 



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In his 1952 novel Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison writes, “When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” That is Brewster’s hope for its students. We just want them to discover who they are and feel free. And we hope that when they do, they’ll soar.