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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.

Curriculum Spotlight - Pollyanna

As SEA continues its strategic imperative of creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive school community, we realized there was an increasing need to institute a set of practices designed to teach and empower our students on how to recognize, respond to and counter forms of everyday as well as structural racism.
After reviewing available racial literacy curriculums, we settled on Pollyanna, a grade-by-grade level curriculum employing concepts from history, language arts, science, geography — and with STEAM extensions — supporting students in acquiring an awareness of their own racial socialization and skills for engaging in productive conversations about race and racism.
The work navigates historical perspectives on race, culture, and inequity in the U.S. through the lens of groups and individuals whose stories have been hidden throughout history. It is designed to help students gain knowledge about race as it has been constructed in the United States, and aims to help students acquire a positive identity and an awareness of their own racial socialization and skills for engaging in productive conversations about race and racism.
 
The Parent/Guardian Companion Guide provides an in-depth overview of each unit featured in the Racial Literacy Curriculum, recommends questions and conversation suggestions for parents and guardians to facilitate dialogue at home that centers on race, culture, and identity, and suggests reading and viewing material to enhance racial literacy. Serving to bridge the classroom and home, this Companion Guide will encourage teachers, parents and guardians to work together to best support their children’s growth.
 
Be on the lookout for the SEA Pollyanna parent group, coming to you later this fall!
Pollyanna Racial Literacy lessons give us a framework to talk about race, culture and historical inequities. We learn that not everyone in the U.S. experiences race the same way. It is only when we recognize and acknowledge these racial differences that we can begin to address the inequities of today.

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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 Staff Roles and Committees +

    - Director of Education for Inclusion and Global Awareness
    - FAME Liaison
    - SEA Connects Ambassadors
    - Board of Trustees Diversity Recruitment Task Force
    - Faculty & Staff 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. 
    -Group Members:

    • Chad Barnett, Head of School
    • Jimyse Brown, Physical Education Teacher, Black Student Union Co-Advisor
    • Jettie Fields, PreKindergarten Lead Teacher, SDG Co-Leader
    • Taylor Hollins, Kindergarten Lead Teacher
    • Marian Lien, Director of Education for Inclusion and Global Awareness (Chair)
    • 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


          
  • 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

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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