Accomplishments

  • Equity Work at St. Patrick's is organized and facilitated by an Equity Coordinator. Erica G. Thompson serves in this role.
  • Hiring and recruitment of teachers from underrepresented groups has been ongoing with our attendance at various job fairs for diversity. About 20% of our faculty come from underrepresented groups.
  • Through the efforts of the Equity Committee, the St. Patrick’s faculty adopted a set of Equity Principles. These principles are published in the school’s faculty and parent handbooks and are on this website. They served as the basis for a comprehensive diversity audit completed by faculty members and for a close examination of the school’s curriculum. Each of these studies resulted in changes in policy and practice within the school.
  • St. Patrick’s is a Black Student fund member school. We participate in the work of the Fund, recruit students at its annual school fair, and employ its resources to support our community. Many St. Patrick’s faculty and administrators have taken Equity, Race, and Education courses as well as other Fund-related courses.
  • St. Patrick’s also belongs to the Latino Student Fund and works regularly with the East Ed Resource Collaborative, an organization devoted to educating educators on issues of equity.
  • Each year St. Patrick’s sense a contingent of faculty members to the National Association of Independent School’s People of Color Conference. Faculty members from St. Patrick’s presented at the 2001, 2003, and 2004 Conferences.
  • The St. Patrick’s Parents Association created an executive position, Equity Liaison. This Parents Association officer is charged with working with the faculty Equity Committee and building parent participation in equity work. Since that time, the position has been renamed Vice President for Equity.
  • Each year, the St. Patrick’s Parents Association and Equity Committee co-sponsors a Parent-Teacher Equity Forum in order to foster dialogue about equity issues. A growing number of participants have helped us identify strengths in place and challenges that we face in achieving equity goals.
  • Parent affinity Groups such as the Parents of Black Students Association and the San Patricio Club for Spanish-speaking families offer a forum for the sharing of issues of identity and the strengthening of community and culture. 
  • There is a student affinity group, C3 (Culture, Creed, Community), for black students that meets in multiple peer age-groups to support and affirm their identity and experience at St. Patrick's.  
  • A group known as Cultural Awareness for Everyone (CAFE), consisting of students in Grades 7 and 8, meets regularly to discuss topics of equity and diversity.
  • Parent-Teacher Equity Forums have featured:
    •  Dr. Howard Stevenson, University of Pennsylvania teacher and researcher,speaking on “The Dynamics of Race in Independent Schools.” 
    •  Deborah Roffman, Sexuality and Family Life Educator
    •  Dee Dee Myers, former White House Press Secretary, on “Why Women Should Rule the World” 
    • Gene Batiste of NAIS, who addressed socio-economic diversity 
    • Marilyn Benoit, former President of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Dr. Jennifer Bryan, founder and principal of Team Finch Consultants, is a nationally recognized expert on gender and sexuality issues in PreK-12 schools.
  • Some Equity Forums feature panels, including panels of current parents, a panel of alumni, and a panel of alumni parents. These panels represent a broad spectrum of diversity with participants speaking frankly about their experiences here.
  • A specific Mission Statement for Equity and Diversity was drafted and adopted.
  • A two-part Equity and Diversity Survey, supervised by the Board Equity Committee with the parent portion was completed during the 2009-2010 school year and the faculty portion was completed during the 2010-2011 school year.
  • Addressed needs of faculty by preparing packets that provide the right language for discussing different areas of diversity. Packets now available online include:

  • Adoption
  • Disability
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Gender and Sexuality Diversity
  • R ace
  • Body Image
  • Religion and Belief
  • Divorce