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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Grosse Pointe Academy is dedicated to providing a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. The Grosse Pointe Academy does not discriminate on the basis of and welcomes students of any race, ethnicity, gender identity, socioeconomic background, learning style, family structure and religion/beliefs.

As an academic institution, we realize that there is always room for growth and learning, and we embrace this tumultuous time as an opportunity for both. We will continue to listen, engage in conversation and support and respect one another, so we can help build a more equitable world.

Below are a list of resources compiled by the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools), as well as those suggested by our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. This is a growing list.

If you would like to be a part of The Grosse Pointe Academy’s ongoing conversation on inclusion, diversity and equity, please contact our Head of School, Tommy Adams.

Equity Resources

How to speak to children about traumatic events – NAIS

How to teach about racism and civil unrest

How students can take action

Ted Talks – Recommended by Megan Black, our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Chair


The Brown Bookshelf
Social Justice Books for Kids / We Are Kid Lit Collective
Social Justice Books for Middle School

Preschool and up
“The Day You Begin” by Jacqueline Woodson
“Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills” by Renée Watson
“It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way” by Kyo Maclear
“Daddy Calls Me Man” by Angela Johnson
“Everywhere Babies” by Susan Meyers

Grades 1 and up
“Let the Children March” by Monica Clark-Robinson
“Malcolm Little: They Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X” by Ilyasah Shabazz
“Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation” by Duncan Tonatiuh
“Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library” by Carole Boston Weatherford (ages 8+)
“My Hair is a Garden” by Cozbi A. Cabrera
“Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story” by Paula Yoo
“The Whispering Town” by Jennifer Elvgren

Grades 5 and up
“Revenge of the Red Club” by Kim Harrington
“A Good Kind of Trouble” by Lisa Moore
“Front Desk” by Kelly Yang

Middle School
“Ghost Boys” by Jewell Parker Rhodes
“Harbor Me” by Jacqueline Woodson
“An Indigenous People’s History of the United States for Young People” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Middle School fantasy books that feature children of color

“Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help Others”
A blog post from Pepperdine University