Dear Valued Pali Customers,
Recently, a story about the practices and procedures here at Pali Institute were called into question by someone who inaccurately accused us of placing male staff members in cabins with our female students/campers.
This was based on unfounded assumptions by what we believe to be a concerned parent and their misunderstanding of the information we did provide.
Most of the news and media outlets that ran this story or picked it up in the days following its initial release failed to reach out to Pali to clarify this information prior to airing or posting these articles. That is not only irresponsible but detrimental to our business and employees. It impacts the trust we have developed with our customers and calls into question our integrity as a business. These are all things we do not take lightly and hold dearly.
Pali is an equal-opportunity employer and is required to adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws while providing a safe and inclusive place for everyone.
The safety and well-being of our guests and employees are of the utmost importance, always has been and always will be.
Please know that we will not place children in cabins with staff members that are not the same sex assigned at birth.
Our guests, visitors, and customers here at Pali are essential to us, and continuing to have the pleasure of running a business like ours has been a lifelong pursuit and dream of our owner Andy Wexler. He is a family man who wants everyone to feel welcome here at Pali, be safe, and above all have fun!
Please know we value the trust you place in us year after year and look forward to having the opportunity to serve you now and in the future.
Thank you for your continued support and patience. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let us know.
909-939-0888 extension 101
Cabin Assignment & Pronoun Policy
- Pali assigns female instructors to female cabins.
- Pali assigns male instructors to male cabins.
- Non-binary staff are assigned to cabins whose demographics match the instructors sex assigned at birth.
- If a school specifically requests non-binary or mixed-gendered cabins Pali will assign the instructors to the cabins that are appropriate for those cabin demographics.
- Pali Institute has implemented a pronoun policy outlining Institute staff are not permitted to announce pronouns to students who fall within the age groups of 4th-8th grades, ages 9 through 14, at any point during the students stay.
- Staff may not educate on or discuss the topic of pronouns with visiting students regardless of age at any time during the students’ stay. Staff are not permitted to discuss any topics related to religion, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, relationship status, or any topic sexually explicit in nature, or any other personal topics not considered appropriate for the workplace, in the presence of any students. Topics and discussions must always be kid-friendly and strictly align with Outdoor Education, Science & Leadership, or current camp activities relevant to Pali’s approved curriculum and camp schedule. Staff may not discipline or otherwise correct a student for misgendering or using an incorrect pronoun when referring to staff.
- If a student approaches a staff member wanting to discuss pronouns, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, politics, relationship status or any subjects of a personal nature, the staff member will politely respond by saying, as an example, “That is a great question, you should ask your teachers or your parents about that!” If that does not satisfy the student, they can say something like, “I understand you have questions and are curious about this, let me find someone to help you! They will be referred to an appropriate leadership member or Director who will politely and appropriately address their curiosity and explain to the student why Pali does not have those conversations at camp and notify the student’s teacher to further address the matter.