About Us

Equity and Inclusion


Shady Hill is a diverse, inclusive school that offers a rich multicultural curriculum. It is our diversity — in ethnicity, family structure, gender, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic background — that makes us a wiser and stronger community. We teach children to explore human similarities and differences, to challenge stereotypes, and to understand how our perceptions affect our ideas about truth. A Shady Hill education validates children's individual lives and prepares them to succeed in a multicultural society.
We are committed to building a community that understands and values our diverse world and we actively seek students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives. We promote social justice and seek to eliminate bias in school life, including admissions, hiring, and financial aid. Our board maintains and affirms this commitment by formally reviewing the diversity of our community and our admissions, hiring and retention results on an annual basis.


As one of the very first independent schools in New England to enroll Black students, Shady Hill has a long history of working towards racial equity and social justice. Racism and white supremacy are deeply rooted in our society and at our School, demanding an ongoing, thoughtful, and systematic response. View the timeline of our history of racial and social justice work.
We examine our mistakes and take responsibility for the times we did not live up to our racial equity mission. Through this transparent assessment, we are repairing relationships, building new systems, shifting ideologies, and creating a more equitable school culture.


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List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Laniesha Gray

    Laniesha Gray 

    Director of Equity & Inclusion
  • Photo of Devon DeWolf

    Devon DeWolf 

    Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion
  • Photo of Paran Quigley

    Paran Quigley 

    Grade VIII Gradehead & Middle School Equity Liaison
  • Photo of Jonathan Wall

    Jonathan Wall 

    Grade II Gradehead & Lower School Equity Liaison