DE&I Statement

NBOA Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


In support of NBOA’s mission to advance independent schools and promote best business practices, the NBOA Board of Directors is committed to intentionality and action regarding diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I). DE&I are important to the individuals who comprise and engage with the association and critical to our personal and collective success. The statement and values that we put forward to our community are aspirational and essential to advancing DE&I meaningfully within the association and its work. NBOA’s DE&I efforts are to be all encompassing, with a commitment from the NBOA Board of Directors, as well as its professional staff, members, business partners and volunteers.

Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In principle and in practice, NBOA values and seeks inclusion and diversity within our community. NBOA is committed to providing a welcoming and equitable environment with opportunities for engagement regardless of an individual's ability, age, appearance, ethnicity, gender identity, geographical location, national origin, professional level, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status.

Definitions and Values

Diversity refers to the composition of a group of people from any number of demographic backgrounds, identities (both innate and selected), and the collective strength of their experiences, beliefs, values, skills and perspectives.

NBOA deliberately seeks a diverse representation of people and backgrounds in everything the association does and offers.

An equitable environment challenges intentional and unintentional forms of bias, harassment and discrimination, and promotes alternative actions. Because an environment can be welcoming and inequitable, an equitable organization will aim to recognize and eliminate barriers to full participation at individual and systemic levels.

NBOA provides equitable access and opportunity for individuals to feel safe to engage in and benefit from everything the association does and offers.

Inclusion is the act of establishing philosophies, policies, practices and procedures so that organizations and individuals contributing to the association's success have equal access to opportunities, information and resources.

NBOA ensures all voices are sought, valued and engaged and that all perspectives are represented in everything the association does and offers.


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Practical Guidance for Independent School Business Operations

The second edition of NBOA’s “Practical Guidance for Independent School Business Operations" is now available, with 60 fully revised guidelines and an interactive action-planning worksheet to help you take inventory of your school's operational and fiduciary policies and procedures. Use each guideline to evaluate whether your school’s practices are “baseline,” “exemplary,” or raise “red flags,” and use the overall assessment and action plan to guide your next steps.

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