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"We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color."

Equity & Inclusion Statement & Commitments

 

Institutional Level:

  • We commit to an organizational structure that identifies, challenges, and addresses bias and prejudice, and supports diversity, equity and inclusion in our program and community.

  • We commit to employment practices that reflect and advance our vision of diversity, equity and inclusion in the school.

  • We commit to open and honest communication about identity so that students feel valued in our school community and comfortable being themselves.

Program Level:

  • We commit to an intentional curriculum that:

° Engages students in conversations about identity and perspectives,

° Discusses social and environmental issues, and

° Empowers them to collaborate and take action to improve conditions.

  • Through this curriculum students will develop leadership skills while understanding their role as global citizens.

  • We commit to the continuous development of the school’s administration, faculty, governing body and families to build cultural competence.

Community Level:

  • We commit to a community environment that is positive, nurturing, and emotionally-safe, embraces the integrity of individual identities, and allows for authentic sharing of personal stories, experiences, and perspectives.

  • We commit to an admissions process that offers an accessible education.

  • We commit to an inclusive culture of respect and integrity that we will model in our daily interactions and relationships so that all members can thrive.

 

Source: Vrentas, Y. (n.d). Our Equity & Inclusion Commitments. 

https://www.meridianschool.edu/explore/equity-and-inclusion/

(Used with Permission.)

 

Definition of Terms

Diversity is a state of being relevant to everyone and inclusive of all the differences in aspects of identity and thought that impact social experiences.

Diversity of thought means the different ways people look at, think about, and interpret the world. This may include a variety of beliefs, creeds, styles of communication, political persuasion, and learning abilities.

Diversity of identity means the characteristics by which we self-identify or by which others may define us. These characteristics may include age, country of birth, ethnicity, family structure, gender, gender expression, physical ability, physical appearance, race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, and socio-economic circumstances.

Equity is a set of policies and practices that offer access, acknowledge diversity, equalize ability to thrive, and address institutional biases and discrimination.

Inclusion is a sense of belonging, worthiness, and value one feels in an organization so all members of the community can thrive.

Cultural Competency: The process by which individuals attain awareness, knowledge and skills to confront bias, reflect on their actions and privileges, and intentionally promote positive social change in their daily lives.      

Global Citizen: A person who possesses the awareness, knowledge and skills to take action to promote positive social change locally and globally.

Source: Vrentas, Y. (n.d). Definition of Terms. 

https://www.meridianschool.edu/explore/equity-and-inclusion/

(Used with Permission.)