Meaning “all pull together” in Swahili, Harambee is a student-led celebration of cultural awareness and pride during Black History Month. Although the bi-annual event focuses on the African, Caribbean, and African-American experience, all members of the community are invited to share stories, challenge structures of oppression, and celebrate diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Bias Awareness Day
Marymount’s bi-annual Bias Awareness Day examines unconscious biases that can lead to discrimination, name-calling, and even violence. Recently, the event has focused on gender bias (specifically gender roles in entertainment) and socioeconomic bias.
Ally Week is a national youth-led movement in K-12 schools that empowers students, faculty, staff, alumnae, and parents to be allies against bullying, harassment, discrimination and name-calling.
The annual GRACE dinner provides a forum for parents and alumnae to discuss diversity at Marymount. Attendees have the opportunity to brainstorm programs, community groups, and cultural activities that may deepen our commitment to diversity at Marymount.
GRACE hosts monthly meetings for parents, as well as monthly meeting for faculty and staff, on topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community. These groups also help to plan the GRACE Dinner, Harambee, Latinx Heritage Event, and other cultural awareness initiatives.
Lower School and Lower Middle School students are welcome to join GRACEful Mornings, which occur at the same time as the GRACE Parent Committee meetings. During these gatherings, Upper School mentors lead activities to build cultural competency and offer anti-bias education for our younger students.