Equity & Inclusion

Youth from Every Quarter

Educating youth from every quarter has been an Exeter hallmark since its founding in 1781. We continue this tradition today by bringing together talented, curious students from around the world and from all backgrounds to celebrate and learn from each other’s differences. 

Harkness is grounded in the belief that we are all better equipped to learn and to lead when our thoughts are tested by others, particularly those whose thoughts or identities are different from our own. Community dialogue is essential to Exeter’s commitment to become an anti-racist school.

Our commitment to excellence in education and our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion go hand in hand. One cannot be separated from the other."
Principal Rawson

You Belong Here

At Exeter, you’ll form genuine relationships with students from many circumstances. Some of your friends will come from cities and families similar to yours, others will open your eyes to entirely different ways of growing up and being.

You can explore and expand at Exeter, whether it’s researching beliefs at Phillips Church – where you can attend Jummah prayer in the afternoon and Shabbat services or Christian fellowship in the evening – or joining one of the more than 15 affinity clubs, such as Gender & Sexuality Alliance, La Alianza Latina or Young Men’s Forum.

Our community prepares Exonians to value and respect individuals – on Exeter’s campus and wherever they go. 

More to Explore

DEI Vision Statement

We're committed to assembling a diverse community, and teaching skills, modeling behaviors, providing resources and cultivating the environment that unlocks the richness of that diversity.

Go to the page titled DEI Vision Statement

Becoming an Anti-racist School

Hear voices from our community and beyond, and find resources that will help inform the conversations and actions we must all take to effect real change for Black Americans and other persons of color.

Go to the page titled Becoming an Anti-racist School


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