At Maclay School, a sense of belonging is central to our mission as an educational institution. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to ensuring that each member of our community has an opportunity to thrive, lead others, and be a person of impact. By embracing our differences as a community, our approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion fosters an inclusive, welcoming, supportive, and healthy school culture that promotes genuine respect and acceptance of all members of our community. We are committed to equal opportunity for all persons and do not tolerate discrimination and harassment on any basis.
Maclay School is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in all areas of school life. As a school with 3-year-olds up to 18-year-olds, we feel a unique responsibility to continually grow and teach the best way to prepare our students for the world they will one day lead. Maclay School facilitates these conversations through curricular studies, assemblies, small group work, formal, and informal lessons, but we know that we can do more. We have embarked on a journey to deepen the conversations and our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion at Maclay School. Below are a few of the steps underway:
The Board of Trustees has appointed a DEI Task Force which includes Board members, the Head of School and each of the Division Directors. The process is underway to identify and engage a consultant with expertise in DEI development in independent schools who will lead the Board and the school through the appropriate process in the next few months. We will continue to update the Maclay community on the progress.
Additionally, over the summer, the Board of Trustees embarked on the year-long process of building a strategic plan to help guide the school's direction for the next 3-5 years and engaged strategic planning consultant, Ian Symmonds www.iansymmonds.org, to assist us in the development of this plan. The Board, the Strategic Plan Steering Committee and the consultants have prioritized diversity, equity and inclusion.
Our consultants will be assisting us with our education and training, feedback sessions structure, and developing helpful information to understand and promote diversity, equity and inclusion. We continue to assess our curriculum, summer reading, and practices currently in place and evaluate the many things we do well to promote diversity and inclusion among our students and areas that need to be enhanced.
Several faculty members have recently attended professional development sessions such as Students with Disabilities: Exceptional Student Education for All Educators, How to Talk to Kids About Race, International Literacy Association: How to Raise and Teach Anti-Racist Kids, Teach Your Heart Out Virtual Teacher Town Hall: A Conversation on Social Justice, and Understanding Equity and Inequity presented by the Equity Literacy Institute. We are excited to have these faculty members bring this training to our broader faculty community.
We are all committed to a better Maclay. We are mapping out and moving forward a process to strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion at Maclay School in a thoughtful, collaborative, and sustainable way.