Diversity & Inclusion

The mission of St. Andrew's is to nurture a diverse community in the Episcopal tradition, fostering spiritual growth, moral responsibility, academic excellence, and artistic and athletic pursuits, while preparing for a life of service to our community and the world.

Together Saints Leadership Team

In an effort to identify ways in which St. Andrew’s can continue to grow its Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, Head of School Tom Sheppard engaged in numerous conversations over the course of the summer of 2020. From these conversations with members of the Board of Trustees, the Senior Leadership Team, the Alumni Board of Directors, the St. Andrew’s Parents’ Association, and numerous individual members of our community grew a plan to create a working group of those who will lead the school’s efforts, identifying next steps and implementing new ideas.
 
School administrators and trustees worked together to identify the leaders for the school’s effort as we work toward fulfilling our vision of being a beacon of inclusion. After much reflection and with a desire to create a group of leaders from across the St. Andrew’s community, the following leaders emerged:

Leaders
Joyce Cole-Marion Seetha Srinivasan
Colin Dunnigan Przemek Tokarski
Marty Kelly ‘03 Terri Turner
 
Working Group Members
Hailey Allin Alisa Hill ‘21 Nancy Rivas
Advikaa Anand ‘22 Raymond Huang ‘22 Wesley Saylor
Jackson Bataille ‘21 Lulu Intan Ngo John Spann ‘08
Charletta Scott-Bennett Burney King Sarah Spann
Dawn Bishop McLin ‘92 Dwight Luckett Avery Stallings ‘22
Bradford Blackmon ‘07 Karla McCullough Carrie Stallings ‘15
Junko Bramlett Yahya Naveed ‘21 Ruthie Taylor ‘05
Robert Farr ‘01 Andrew Neely ‘96 Madison Word ‘23
Anna Frame ‘99 George Penick Hart Wylie
William Harkless ‘20 Chuck Poole Kally Xu ‘17
 


Milestones for Together Saints:
  • July 9, 2020: Organizational meeting for Together Saints Leadership Team
  • July 10, 2020: Together Saints announced to St. Andrew’s community
  • July 23, 2020: Together Saints Leadership Team meeting to finalize partnerships with community resources, discuss process to consider nominations of working group members, and refine the goals of Together Saints
  • July 31, 2020: Nominees for working group notified of nomination and asked if they wish to be considered
  • August 6 and 11: Together Saints Leadership Team meeting to select Together Saints Working Group members
  • September 1: Together Saints Leadership Team and Working Group held their first meeting facilitated by a team of diversity and inclusion professionals from our partners at the William Winter Institute, creating an important foundation for the work ahead.
  • October 8: As we continue to shape a path forward for Together Saints, the Together Saints Leadership Team and Working Group met on October 8. Our diversity and inclusion partners at the William Winter Institute served as facilitators to activities that required personal and collective reflection.  Building on the foundation established at our initial meeting, the group looked more deeply at challenges to inclusion and equity, explored ways of addressing dissonance, and reaffirmed commitments to this important work.
  • November 11-12: Members of Together Saints had meetings that were optional and additional to the four that are scheduled with the staff of the Winter Institute. The meetings were scheduled for 90 minutes and at different times on each evening. The Leadership Team attended both, and subgroups were comprised of students, faculty, parents, and alums. Subgroups further explored issues brought up at gatherings of the full group, allowing for deeper discussion. The exchange of views was robust, candid, and respectful. The additional insights that the evenings’ conversations yielded will serve to underscore the efforts of Together Saints as it moves forward in its work to build a more perfect union.

Programs and Initiatives

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  • Faculty

    • Lunch and Learns
    • New Teacher Mentoring Program
      • First year faculty, staff, and administrators are given peer mentors to help them navigate the first week of school with regards to teaching and advisory responsibilities.
      • Required observations and conversations
    • Professional Development specifically related to Diversity and Inclusivity. Past opportunities include:
      • Unconscious Bias in the Learning Environment presented by Shirley Pandolifi; UMMC Cultural Competency and Education Manager
      • The Power of Being – An open dialogue and discussion  that will continue to help us all move forward. The purpose of this professional development is to discuss and express our thoughts, think of it in terms of your authentic self and your role. This is a space and opportunity for self-reflection. We want to learn and grow with each other.
      • Small Group Discussions on Inclusion. What is inclusion and why it is important to have in our community. Each group had a facilitator and had to answer  a number of questions on inclusivity.
  • Students

    • Diversity and Inclusion Student Committee
    • Affinity groups and clubs – Groups that share a common identity that connect with one another on different aspects and situations related to that identity.
      • Asian Student Union
      • Black Student Union
      • LBGT+
    • Cultural Celebrations
      • Diwali
      • Hispanic Heritage Month
      • Chinese Lantern Festival
      • Black History Month
      • Holi
    • Chapel Services – Weekly chapel services within each division to worship together as a community in the Epsicopal tradition
    • Guest Speakers – Past speakers include:
      • Welty Presentation by Ebony Lumumba and Suzanne Mars
      • Alex Dmezcak spoke to the Upper School on the Power of Positive Leadership.
    • Guest artists, authors, and alumni – Past visitors include:
      • Trenton Lee Stewart – Spoke to Middle Schoolers about his book series, The Mysterious Benedict Society
      • Jessie Sima – Author and illustrator who spoke with Kindergarten and 1st grade students
    • Unity Day – Celebration that focuses on the importance of respecting all members of our community in order to eliminate bullying.

Non-Discrimination Policies

St. Andrew’s is a close-knit community of students, parents, and teachers of many faiths, cultures, races, and economic backgrounds. Founded in the Episcopal tradition, St. Andrew’s is inclusive and supportive of the beliefs of others. Diversity is celebrated, and students are accepting, open to befriending people of all backgrounds.
 

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  • Non-Discrimination Statement for Faculty and Staff

    St. Andrew’s is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and to providing employment, compensation, promotion, transfer, and unrestricted access to training at all occupational levels. St. Andrew’s prohibits discrimination and harassment due to an applicant’s or employee’s membership in a protected category.
     
    St. Andrew’s Episcopal School does not discriminate in violation of the law on the basis of the protected categories of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender, and sexual orientation), age, disability, genetic information, or military/veteran status in its employment practices or hiring practices. The school encourages applications from all qualified candidates and especially encourages applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups in independent schools. St. Andrew’s also offers a competitive benefits package, including extensive professional development and travel opportunities.
  • Non-Discrimination Statement for Students and Families

    St. Andrew’s Episcopal School admits qualified applicants of any race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or sex (including gender and sexual orientation), to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate in violation of the law on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or sex (including gender and sexual orientation)in administration of its educational and admission policies, offers of scholarship and financial aid, and execution of athletic or any other school administered programs.

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