About Us

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mission Statement

Recognizing and appreciating the richness of the diversity in our community, St Edmund’s Academy is committed to fostering a community-oriented environment where students, families, faculty, and staff members feel welcome, valued and appreciated. Where they are affirmed of human dignity and assured of equal access to educational opportunities.

At St. Edmund’s, we educate our students to become leaders of strong character grounded in our Core Values so that they may develop cultural understanding, respect for differing perspectives, and social responsibility.

We champion a curriculum that espouses the equitable, inclusive qualities found in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), preparing our students for active participation and citizenship in the interdependent world.

Our Students & Community

Diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at St. Edmund’s Academy enable us to fulfill an important element of our strategic plan, which commits us to “cultivate a culturally competent, diverse, and welcoming community”. These efforts also further our expressed desire to ensure that all students and faculty, particularly those historically underrepresented, use their voices and thrive.

Since 1947, our focus on both academic and character education has served as our distinguishing trademark in Pittsburgh. Throughout the years, that reputation has evolved to include our diverse population as a key element to our unique identity.
 

Our Faculty & Staff

St. Edmund’s Academy Equity & Inclusion Committee
  • Supports the school’s efforts to offer a culturally competent, diverse, and welcoming community for all constituents. 
  • Designs, markets, and oversees programs for students and families that promote inclusivity. 
  • Oversees student life initiatives promoting a vibrant, caring, and fun experience. 

Chair:
Marian Lien, Director of Education for Inclusion and Global Awareness

Group Members:
Chad Barnett, Head of School
Taylor Hollins, Kindergarten Lead Teacher, FAME Liaison
Susan Miller, Director of Early Childhood & Lower School
Elizabeth Patterson, Director of Social and Emotional Health
Kevin Reid, Director of Athletics
David Roscher, Assistant Director of the Upper School
 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Action at St. Edmund’s Academy

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  • Student Clubs

    - Black Student Union (BSU) | Upper School
    - Black Student Union (BSU 4th Grade Edition) | Lower School
    - The Upstanders Club | Upper School
    - Friendship Circle | Lower School
  • Curriculum

  • DEI Roles and Committees

    - Director of Education for Inclusion and Global Awareness
    - FAME Liaison
    - Faculty & Staff Equity & Inclusion Committee
    - SEA Connects Ambassadors
    - Board of Trustees Diversity Recruitment Task Force
  • Professional Development for Faculty, Staff, and Administration

    - National Diversity Practitioners Institute in June 2020, remotely attended due to COVID19
    - NAIS People of Color Conference in December 2019, Seattle, Washington
    - Racial Identity Development: A Toolbox for Educators led by Ali Michaels, Race Institute for K-12 Educators on June 10, 2019
    - Race Institute for K-12 Educators, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    - Inclusant Training led by Anupama Jain, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    -  A Workshop on Human Rights & Genocide, March 2, 2019, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    - Brown-Gary & Associates Immersive Climate Assessment of St. Edmund’ s Academy led by Trina Gary in February 2019
    - NAIS People of Color Conference in December 2018, Nashville, Tennessee
    - Cultivating Diversity and Cultural Competence led by Allison Park, Blink Consulting on June 20, 2017
  • Cultural Programming

    - Dia de Los Muertos Community Presentation
    - Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur All School Presentation
    - Chapel Visits
          - Som Sharma, CEO of Alliance for Humanitarian  Initiatives, Nonviolence, and Spiritual Advancement
          - Rev. Kotoku Crivello, head priest of Deep Spring Temple, Zen Center of Pittsburgh
          - Rabbi Ron Symons, Senior Director of JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness
          - Wasi Mohammed, former Director of Pittsburgh Islamic Center
    - Community-wide Lunar New Year Celebration
    - Black Heroes and Sheroes Poster Campaign and Assembly
    - Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
    - Ramadan
  • Resources

    • Community Voices:

      Torey B.- Graduation Speech 2020

    • Community Voices:

      BSU Unsung Heroes- Black History Month

    • Community Voices:

      Lunar New Year Celebration at SEA

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion News

Community Contact

    • Marian Lien, Director of Education for Inclusion and Global Awareness, joined St. Edmund’s Academy to guide the school’s Signature Experience program and affiliation with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. With a background in social justice and diversity education, and a commitment to public service woven throughout her career, Ms. Lien brings a thoughtful and strategic awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion work to SEA. She has a Bachelor of Science from University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Pittsburgh.

      “When we have the courage to walk into our story and own it, we get to write the ending.”

      Marian Lien, Director of Education for Inclusion and Global Awareness, joined St. Edmund’s Academy to guide the school’s Signature Experience program and affiliation with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. With a background in social justice and diversity education, and a commitment to public service woven throughout her career, Ms. Lien brings a thoughtful and strategic awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion work to SEA. She has a Bachelor of Science from University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Pittsburgh.

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