Statement of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


Approved by the Eugene Waldorf School Board and College May, 2019

Waldorf Schools uphold principles of respect for human rights and the diversity of humankind. The
Eugene Waldorf School believes the pursuit of inclusivity and equity is a journey of both moral and
educational importance. Our school strives to bring these core principles to life and works actively to
ensure our curriculum and community support them.
Waldorf education is based on Rudolf Steiner’s work. In alignment with the principles of his philosophy,
and along with other schools and associations from around the world, we support the following
statements from the Stuttgart Declaration, which was adopted by the General Assembly of the German
Association of Waldorf Schools in Stuttgart on October 28, 2007:
Racist or discriminatory tendencies are not tolerated in Waldorf schools or Waldorf
teacher training institutes.
Waldorf schools pursue their pedagogical tasks out of the spirit of human rights, thereby
contributing to building a society founded upon mutual respect, tolerance and cooperation
between all human beings.
Waldorf schools do not select, stratify or discriminate amongst their pupils, but consider
all human beings to be free and equal in dignity and rights, independent of ethnicity,
national or social origin, gender, language, religion, and political or other convictions.
Anthroposophy, upon which Waldorf Education is founded, stands firmly against all forms
of racism and nationalism. Waldorf schools recognize that the richness inherent in a school
community is built upon the synergy between both curriculum and students studying that
curriculum. To this end, Waldorf schools not only aim to build school communities that are
reflective of the larger community in which we are located, but also intentionally promote
the synergistic interaction between the elements of the community.
Our school acknowledges the history and ongoing impact of social and institutional inequities in our
world, our continent, and our institutions. These inequities include—but are not limited to—
discrimination on the basis of ability/disability, age, color, ethnicity, gender expression, gender identity,
marital status, national origin, neurodiversity, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic
status, and veteran status. Consequently, we are mindful that these forms of prejudice and
discrimination are obstacles on the path of every child in our country and community.
Our school is committed to working from an anti-discrimination stance that places equity and inclusion
at the core of every function of our institution. We are examining our role in both perpetuating and
combatting social and institutional inequities. In light of this examination, the Eugene Waldorf School
recognizes there exist anthroposophical writings and lectures, including some by Rudolf Steiner, that
reflect discriminatory ideas. We specifically reject those ideas as inconsistent with the fundamental
principles of Waldorf education; they will not inform practices at our school.
Our school intends to create a learning environment where equity, inclusion and diversity can live and
develop. We will undertake the work necessary to prepare ourselves and our children for the challenges
and joys of life in a diverse society. We will align our policies and practices to promote equity and
inclusion on all levels, particularly to those voices that often go unheard.