Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program represents a commitment to identifying blind spots, seeking out truth, and building a diverse and inclusive community where everyone is afforded the opportunity to be their best. Compassion and respect are key to developing a culture that leans into this challenging work. Guided by the initiatives of our DEI program, we seek to recognize and acknowledge where we are and where we want to be.
- We define diversity as a set of unique identities and cultures within a community. Ours is such a community, representing many unique countries, numerous cultures, languages, and religious beliefs.
- We know that it is not enough to just possess a diverse community. It is our responsibility to strive for equity. We must be introspective and respectfully engage each other to identify and undo barriers that may oppress marginalized identities. It is the responsibility of each and every member of our community, near and far, to nurture a compassionate mindset and commit to fixing injustice.
- At IMS, inclusion represents a sense of belonging and respect that allows each member of our community to be their best. This sense of belonging that one feels at IMS is not accidental, but is rather a byproduct of consistent effort, active listening, and proactive education. Our motto for the 2019-20 school year was, “We are better together.” It embodied our focus on inclusion. Looking ahead, we strive to continue cultivating an environment in which all identities are welcomed, supported, and celebrated.
Be the Change
The DEI program is designed for all of our students from Pre-K to Grade 9. We understand that to achieve real change we must have a foundational awareness and commitment to action. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Since the inception of this program, we have introduced numerous initiatives that include:
- Affinity groups
- DEI curricular development
- Faculty professional development
- Tailored residential activities
- Community culture building activities
- Weekly morning meeting shares
- A Social Justice student group