Diversity and Inclusion


The purpose of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is to foster the emotional intelligence of our faculty, staff, students, and parents through ongoing communication, education, and training about the importance of having a high level understanding of self and diversity awareness to strive for excellence in all endeavors.

The Episcopal Academy strives to create a school environment where all people are valued and where all perspectives are respected and appreciated in every facet of our community life. Our Christian roots encourage us to teach our children the values of inclusion, equity, and justice and to model these attributes in all that we do. In this way, we are better equipped to shape young people into global citizens ready to apply their learning in thoughtful and relevant ways.

By approaching teaching, learning, and community building with a focus on diversity, we strengthen our ability to attract and retain a broad range of talented and engaged families and employees. We recognize that diversity includes everyone and has many dimensions, including, but not limited to: gender, geography, learning style, physical challenges, race, ethnicity, politics, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, and diverse gifts and talents.

Our focus on diversity enhances our efforts to create a learning environment that demonstrates the unique worth of all human beings as creations of a loving, empowering God. As a result, diversity is a core value embedded in our school motto Esse Quam Videri ("To Be, Rather Than To Seem To Be") and in our mission to instill in each child a sense of responsibility and moral obligation towards others.

Lower School

Through information given to the Lower School faculty by the Diversity Coordinator and through the stripes classes, Chapel, field trips and mindfulness activities, Lower School students consistently receive diversity awareness, community building, and character development skills that are essential for creating an inclusive school.

Middle School

The Middle School hosts Diversity Lunches for all interested students to participate in discussions about what diversity means and how diversity awareness and understanding can have a positive impact on the community. The Middle School participates in Mix-it Up Day (Run by Middle School Student Council), MS Diversity Council, and MCRC Middle School Diversity Conference.

Upper School

As an Upper School student, there are many ways to broaden your perspective and further your understanding of self and others through clubs and school sponsored leadership trips. US clubs include: The Diversity Awareness Club (DAC), Gender Equality Club, and the Racial Affinity Group (AHANA).

Download the full list of religious observances from the Anti-Defamation League here.

February

  • Black History Month: Since 1976, the month has been designated to remember the contributions of people of the African Diaspora.

March

  • Women’s History Month: Started in 1987, Women’s History Month recognizes all women for their valuable contributions to history and society.
  • National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Increases awareness of issues affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month: Raises awareness of the autoimmune disease.

April

  • Celebrate Diversity Month: Started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, people get a deeper understanding of each other.
  • Autism Awareness Month: Raises awareness about the developmental disorder that affects children’s social and communication skills.

May

  • Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Commemorates the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States in May 1843, and marks the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad in May 1869.
  • Older Americans Month: Established in 1963 to honor the legacies and contributions of older Americans and to support them as they enter their next stage of life.
  • Jewish American Heritage Month: Recognizes the diverse contributions of the Jewish people to American culture.

June

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month: Recognizes the impact that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on the world. The last Sunday in June is Gay Pride Day.

September

  • Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15): Corresponds with Mexican Independence Day celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the 1810 revolution that ended Spanish rule.

October

  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month: Increases understanding of employment barriers that still need to be addressed.
  • LGBT History Month: This U.S. observance started in 1994 recognizes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and the history of the gay rights movement.

November

  • Native American Heritage Month: Celaborates the history and contributions of Native Americans.

Black Student Union (BSU)

The purpose of the Black Student Union is create an open and safe environment for students to gather and discuss black culture, history, and identity. Advisor: Walidah Justice

Diversity Awareness Club (DAC)

Diversity Awareness Club provides a chance for students to discuss the variety of topics diversity presents to us. At this club, students are allowed to share their opinions of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, gender, age, socioeconomic status, and ability in a comfortable environment. Advisor: Sam Willis

Gender and Sexuality Alliance: Prism

The mission of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance: Prism, is to create a more safe and accepting community at Episcopal with regards to sexual orientation and gender expression. Through education, open discussions, and organized activities, Prism seeks to raise awareness and to address injustices faced by LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and beyond) people and their allies within the Episcopal community. Advisors: Christopher McCreary, Dr. Sarah Wahlberg

Parent Programs

Through our Episcopal Academy Parents’ Association (EAPA), we are able to promote and sponsor events throughout the year that allow parents/guardians to interact with a similar level of understanding about diversity awareness and how it is necessary to build and sustain community. Check the school calendar for upcoming events.

Conferences & Workshops

  • NAIS People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC)
  • WPC Youth Leadership Conference (YLC)
  • East Ed Upper School Student Diversity Leadership Conference
  • East Ed Middle School Student Diversity Leadership Conference
  • White Privilege Conference
  • Georgetown Day School Equity Collaborative
  • Diversity Directions Independent School Seminar

Contact

Walidah Justice

Director of Diversity and Inclusion

(484) 424-1447

wjustice@episcopalacademy.org


Cristy Chory

Lower School Coordinator


Sue Cannon and Larry Henderson

Middle School Coordinators


Kelly Bertucci

Upper School Coordinator

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