Marymount has always been guided by the RSHM mission "that all may have life, and have it to the full." Supporting this mission is the second goal of the RSHM network of schools: to create unity through diversity. As an anti-racist community, Marymount is deeply committed to building a culture of equity and inclusion so that all members of its community feel valued and benefit fully from the dynamic program that the School offers. Through ongoing training and conversation, the School strives to help students and staff examine and address unconscious biases, build cultural competency, speak out in the face of prejudice or hate, and work together to bring about social and racial justice. Marymount expects all constituents to respect each other in words and actions, and the School will hold students and staff accountable for upholding community norms and expectations.
Marymount's DEI work is a long-haul effort. The School has established a DEI Task Force and Working Groups to focus on the following areas:
Marymount strives to provide time and funding to further develop our faculty and staff's cultural competence, anti-racist behaviors, and instructional practices. Everyone who works at the School participates in mandatory anti-bias and anti-racism training, and all faculty are required to attend DEI-related professional development yearly. External DEI consultants and experts provide training on key instructional practices and empower staff to become independent leaders of DEI work throughout the School.
Student Culture & Support
Marymount strives to create a culture where all students feel seen, respected, and valued. The School hosts annual heritage events that showcase the unique experiences and traditions of our students, staff, parents, and alumnae, and celebrate the rich diversity of our community. Marymount will expand its programming and range of support services to bolster students of color. In matters of discipline and student culture, we want to ensure that the RSHM criteria of "honesty, compassion, truthfulness" as well as "respect, forgiveness, openness, and joy" are uplifted.
Recruit & Retain Faculty of Color
Marymount strives to recruit, hire, and retain an increasingly diverse faculty, staff, and administration. Through strategic partnerships, the School will develop new pipelines for the recruitment of faculty and staff of color and ensure that they receive support through mentorship programs, affinity spaces, and regular check-ins with administrators. The School will continue to implement anti-bias hiring practices, screening all faculty for DEI skills, experience, and commitment.
Recruit & Retain Students of Color
Marymount strives to increase the racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of our student population. The School will strengthen partnerships with existing feeder programs/schools and develop new pipelines for recruiting students of color; re-evaluate admissions practices through a lens of equity and inclusion; and commit more financial aid dollars to students in the younger grades.
Marymount strives to actively engage all constituents through robust community programming. The School commits to expand education opportunities on DEI topics for all constituent groups and ensure increased affordability, accessibility, and inclusivity of our events. A mentoring program will offer a unique opportunity for increased alumnae engagement and support for our current students of color.