January 10, 2019

Mini Musings - Diversity Matters

by Liz Paige, Director of Ethics and Cultures

Our school was built on the premise that diversity matters. As a school founded on Jewish culture and values, we understand how vital it is to hear from and understand voices and perspectives of those who have been historically in the minority or marginalized. The McGillis School believes a diverse and inclusive community is an essential element of a rich educational experience. In line with our mission and fundamental values, we encourage our community to:

  • foster diversity of thought and an open exchange of ideas
  • allow students to meaningfully encounter difference in order to grow personally and develop foundational building blocks for success
  • nurture moral and intellectual growth
  • develop a sense of place and purpose
  • prepare our students to effectively participate in a dynamic and increasingly interconnected world 

The McGillis School is committed to being a welcoming, inclusive community to all, but we also know there is more we can do. This is why we are asking all parents, students in grades 4-8, as well as our faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees to take the Assessment of Inclusion and Multiculturalism (AIM) survey between January 20 and February 3. Please answer the survey based on your personal perspective and your individual experiences regarding how we are doing as a school community to be inclusive and equitable. Your feedback will help us determine the next steps we will take to strengthen our community and insure all feel welcome, heard, understood, respected, and affirmed.