Our Values and Our Commitment

A community as complex and vibrant as Spence does not happen by accident. It takes a true communitywide engagement and a commitment to a strategic, long-view approach to faithfully devote to building a program that prepares girls and young women for the world’s complexities, while also mirroring the rich diversity of the city that surrounds it.

Every member of the school community is afforded the training and the agency to partner in sustaining the exploration of all aspects of diversity, inclusion and equity in conversations in and out of the classroom. Because it is of the utmost importance, questions both ethical and practical around equity live deeply in the work of building the School whether in admissions practices, faculty and staff recruitment and training, curriculum design or student life and leadership. Taking an inside-out approach, faculty and staff are immersed in ongoing professional development that focuses on personal growth and a personal journey to understanding, and this in turn transforms the School.

New Director of Institutional Equity

Rebecca Gale Hong joined the Spence community in 2017 as our Director of Institutional Equity, a new leadership position that builds on Spence’s ongoing work to increase academic excellence through equity, inclusivity and awareness. 

Hong is a graduate of Stanford University, A.B. in English and American Literature; and Cornell University, M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. She has taught at the University of Michigan and at nationally recognized independent schools, including Lick-Wilmerding in San Francisco where she was a history teacher and department chair for nearly a decade. She has a long track record of equity practice and programming in schools, as well as teacher mentoring and training through her leadership work on the Board of Directors of the People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS).

Hong’s 
words capture the promise that she brings to Spence: “Effective equity work in schools does not only highlight difference, but also common goals and shared purpose.” Her teaching, vision and remarkable agency in this work make a difference to everyone: colleagues, parents and especially the students.

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Identity, Voice and Activism: A tour of Ms. Abrams’ Classroom

The Spence School adheres to a long-standing policy of admitting students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship or athletic and other school-administered programs.