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.
Every year, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) hosts two simultaneous conferences on issues of diversity: one for adults (the People of Color Conference or PoCC) and one for students (the Student Diversity Leadership Conference or SDLC). According to the NAIS website, these conferences address “the need for people of color to come together for networking and support, and the need for schools to find ways to build and sustain inclusive communities.”
Culture Comes First
The GRACE Committee hosts assemblies for each division to celebrate multi-cultural festivals throughout the year. Recent examples include Hispanic Heritage Month, Diwali, and Chinese New Year. Books related to the event/theme are selected for GRACE book baskets throughout all four divisions and special lunches are prepared to further highlight these celebrations.
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.