Inclusion and Exclusion: What lunch lines, summer camps, and video production mean in the lives of five students


Designed by Iya Abdulkarim

This story was originally published in the October 2016 issue of The Rubicon

Huss Center. Lunchroom. Library. These are just three of the many spaces students use to connect to peers and ideas. Discussions, debates, and day to day conversations take place in these spaces, but what students don’t necessarily always notice during their social interactions are underlying social issues present but not always apparent that may lead to feelings of exclusion.

Significant emphasis is placed on being inclusive at St. Paul Academy and Summit School. From grade retreats to advisory dyads to mix it up day at lunch, students have unique personal experiences with branching out and getting to know other people. Inclusivity isn’t limited to friend groups and places to hang out. In broader terms, inclusivity and exclusivity include gender, race, culture, and socioeconomic status.