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Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

St. Patrick's EDI Mission Statement
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School’s determination to promote equity and justice, diversity, and inclusion proceeds from two fundamental ideas.  First, that every individual has infinite value as a child of God and, second, that we come to understand the world more fully through others. 


Curriculum Highlights

We divide our E,D,I curriculum into four main areas of focus: identity, diversity, justice, and action.
Here are some examples of our program in action.

DIVERSITY

Grade 1 - Study of Ghana

After reading folktales from around the world, students focus their attention on West African pourquoi and trickster tales, such as the Anansi stories, and learn about the rich culture and varied geography of Ghana.

Children make connections between themselves and others through an exploration of stories, traditions, and family experiences. Highlights include a visit by a kente cloth weaver and a collaborative drumming and dancing experience with Grade 7 students.

IDENTITY

Grade 3 - Who We Are Wednesdays

Students use Morning Meeting once a week to delve into areas of identity, which includes age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, socioeconomic status, body image, education, family configuration, language, learning style, beliefs, and more.

Students learn how identity is influenced by physical characteristics, personal experiences, self-definition, and how others define us.

JUSTICE

Nursery and PK - Conflict Resolution

Children receive support in developing independence, taking initiative, and gaining confidence. They are helped to develop the skills and provided opportunities to practice respectfully and meaningfully advocating for themselves. 

Morning Meetings provide experience in turn-taking and sharing as well as expressing opinions and feelings. Children are guided to identify their emotions and respect those of their friends to help resolve conflicts.

ACTION

Grade 8 Capstone Projects

To encourage ownership over their learning, Grade 8 students embark on a Capstone project focused on a specific humanities theme involving policy reform. In addition to real-world skills—such as research, writing, presenting, time management, and organization—the project enables students to become experts in their chosen topics.

This project is the culminating academic achievement of their St. Patrick’s career.

 

Equity Guiding Principles

This set of principles guides us in nurturing our diverse learning community, as they reflect appropriate and comprehensive goals for equity.
Our goal is to make sure we all regularly refer to and apply these Equity Guiding Principles in our work.

 

 

Affinity & Ally Groups

What they are and the roles do play in our school

An affinity group is a designated “brave space,” where everyone in that group shares a particular identity. This identity can be based, for example, on race, gender, sexual orientation, language, nationality, physical/mental ability, family structure, or religion. Affinity groups can be a place for people in a community to come together to learn more about their identities and to feel more connected based on those identities. In affinity groups, participants might share and talk about their experiences or focus on working towards a particular mission or goal.

An ally group is an entity whose members have come together with a common goal of developing their own racial identity while becoming effective antiracist allies to people of color.


Committees Focused on the Work
of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Board of Trustees EDI Committee

This committee monitors and evaluates ongoing efforts by the Board and the Day School with respect to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, review, revision, and approval of a formal equity and diversity statement, either within the Day School Mission Statement or separately; review and approval of policies and protocols related to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and monitoring relationships among various stakeholder groups in the Day School working to promote the work of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Faculty and Staff EDI Committee

This committee is composed of faculty and staff from all divisions. Meeting monthly, it works to ensure that St Patrick’s culture, curriculum, and program are safe, welcoming, and affirming. Using St. Patrick’s Mission Statement as a guide, the committee is responsible for examining the school’s efforts in supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion across social identifiers that include but are not limited to age, ethnicity, gender identity, learning style, ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic class within the community.


 


Leadership & Strategy


 

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