St. Anne’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
St. Anne’s is committed to nurturing a learning community that is free from intolerance and prejudice. We seek to witness to the splendor of God’s creation and to honor the dignity of the individual human spirit by including faculty, students, administrators, staff, and trustees from diverse cultural, racial, religious, family and economic backgrounds in our community. The rich diversities of people and the many perspectives they bring serve to enhance the quality of educational experiences at our school. An active diversity committee including teachers, parents and board members meets regularly.
At St. Anne’s we seek to create an environment in which differences are honored and celebrated.
We believe that including people with diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences enriches our community, makes our learning environment more intellectually stimulating, and helps children learn the crucial skill of working productively with people different from themselves.
We aspire to create a community in which diversity thrives through our classroom and programs, admissions, hiring, and board recruitment practices, our student and adult diversity committees, and our academic studies.
Together we seek to foster a community that is sensitive to issues of social justice, mindful of the experiences people of diverse backgrounds have in our school, and active in its pursuit of equity and justice within our school community, as well as beyond our campus borders.
Student Diversity Leadership Council
St. Anne’s has a Student Diversity Leadership Council comprised of Middle School students and faculty advisors who joined together, starting in 2013, with the common goal of learning more about the similarities and differences of the people who make up our diverse community.
Council members hold meetings and attend workshops and conferences with the goal of furthering diversity education. Specific attitudes and areas of bias explored include ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. The Council shares what they have learned through presentations, skits, events and conversation and invites our school community to join them.
A highlight since 2015-16 has been a Culture Fair hosted by the Diversity Council. Students and their parents are asked to share their families' cultural background, customs, history, and food by creating and presenting table top displays for this special event. All students, faculty, and parents are invited to attend the event with older students paired with their Connections buddies to experience and learn about other cultures.
NAIS Diversity & Inclusion Resources (National Association of Independent Schools)