DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND EQUITY (DEI) AT MARYMOUNT
We were in the midst of closing school in early June when the majority of the protests and critical conversations about race and racism in our country began. As we closed the 2019-20 school year, Marymount’s Administration, members of the faculty, and the Board of Trustees made the commitment to keep working throughout the summer to make sure we, not only were ready to safely reopen (when we can), but that we lead by example and thoughtfully look through the lens of true inclusion as we discuss and unpack the important topics of racism, conscious and unconscious bias, diversity, and equity in our school community and beyond.
Prior to the Stay-At-Home order issued in March, and in alignment with our CAIS accreditation recommendations and the current strategic planning process, the School Administration determined that we needed a DEI Coordinator to provide the necessary leadership and management of professional development required to progress our school. We have an extraordinary opportunity to model how a school in Santa Barbara should reflect the DEI values we so clearly feel are important. As we begin the 2020-21 School Year, Dr. Mario Bucio will continue to lead as the Director of Student Wellness and begin serving as Marymount’s DEI Coordinator. As we continue to navigate the reopening of school and managing the next best steps to have these important conversations, the addition of DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) programming is an important part of our core values for our school community.
Please note the following plan of action as we begin our school year in August.
- A DEI Task Force is being created this Fall with Trustees, Faculty and Staff meeting in early September. We will begin to set the plan of action for professional and community learning and development. Parent education meetings along with an invitation to participate on the Task Force will come in the 2nd trimester of the 2020-2021 school year.
- DEI training and professional development is being scheduled in August and throughout the school year for the faculty and staff, and the Board of Trustees is working on a plan for further DEI governance training.
- Several members of the administration and faculty will be attending the NAIS People of Color Conference (POCC) in December. We will share our experience and next steps for