Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) is a national curriculum enrichment and development program focused on infusing multiculturalism, equity, and tolerance into the classroom. SEED seminars at McDonogh are monthly teacher reading groups where teachers discuss making classroom practices gender-fair, diverse, and multicultural. By examining relevant articles, books, films, teachers learn to recognize and respect diverse cultures and choices not necessarily studied in school or reinforced in school climates. Participants are encouraged to “make textbooks of their lives” as part of the process of balancing the curriculum.
McDonogh encourages students to think in a multicultural way and has fostered this concept with student organizations including the following:
The Big Brother/Big Sister program is sponsored by the Black Awareness Club (BAC) to help foster positive, mentoring relationships between students of color within McDonogh School. In this effort, upper schoolers become mentors to Lower and Middle School students.
Diversity 4 McDonogh (D4M) is a grassroots advocacy and action group that informs and inspires members of the McDonogh School community. Each year, a new group of devoted, highly motivated students helps to craft and implement school-wide diversity activities and programs.
The Eighth Grade Diversity Group consists of interested eighth graders who work with Middle School Diversity Coordinator Esther Richardson in:
The Office of Diversity Affairs is working on creating an outlet for students, faculty, and parents to come together and address diversity issues. We are currently looking for interested parents and faculty members to serve on the committee. If you are interested, you may contact Efia Dalili, Director of Diversity at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Diversity Office at 443-544-7029.
McDonogh continues to send student diversity representatives to local conferences, where student leaders exchange ideas with their counterparts from other areas schools. Conference topics run the gamut, from issues of class and race to gender and sexual orientation.www.aimsmd.org
McDonogh hosts an annual, local diversity conference featuring guest speakers and panel discussions. The conference is typically held in the spring and welcomes students from the Greater Baltimore area.
Student and faculty representatives from the Upper School attend the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) annual, national diversity conference. The seminar and activity series focuses on networking, support, and finding ways for schools to “build and sustain inclusive communities.” www.nais.org
|September||Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month|
|October||Japanese Heritage Month|
|November||Islamic Awareness Month|
|December||Jewish Awareness Month|
|January||Indigenous Awareness Month|
|February||Black History Month|
|March||Women’s History Month|