Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Mercy Montessori strives to strengthen our community and broaden our vision and understanding of living mercy and seeking justice to build a truly authentic and inclusive community. Guided by our Mercy mission, we deepen our understanding and appreciation of a diverse community and recognize the ongoing opportunities in listening to and learning from one another.
Our school strives to exemplify a microcosm of our greater society by enrolling a diverse student body. Our unique, income-based sliding tuition scale and commitment to educating children with diverse abilities and learning differences support us in achieving this mission.
One of our school’s areas of focus is the Sisters of Mercy Critical Concern of Anti-Racism. Our goal is to educate all of our students to embrace others and to be advocates for issues of equity and social justice both within our walls and in our greater world. As part of this work, we are in the process of developing a strategic plan focused specifically on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). The plan includes growing our staff training programs, surveying our community, examining hiring practices, reviewing school materials, and providing more opportunities for continued discussion and connection. We are also engaging in a reflective process of identifying and addressing any hidden biases within our program, and continuously evaluating our curriculum to ensure diverse perspectives are included and celebrated.
During the 2021/2022 school year, our DEIB work has included a year-long IDI (Intercultural Development Inventory) program for staff, a diverse parent/staff anti-racism discussion group and an upcoming community climate survey (spring 2022). In 2022/2023, we have plans to hire a Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion because we understand that DEIB progress requires an investment in time and resources. In the meantime, we have engaged with a fractional Chief Diversity Officer (or DEIB consultant) with over 15 years of experience to guide our strategy and DEIB priorities in the coming months.
It is our hope that this work will inspire awareness within our community, foster conversation, grow our understanding of various identities and experiences, and identify opportunities for advocacy.