Diversity in Action

Commitment to diversity and inclusion lies at the very heart of the MICDS Mission and Strategic Plan.

As our School’s Mission states, “More than ever our nation needs responsible men and women who can meet the challenges of this world with confidence and embrace all its people with compassion.”

The number one Strategic Plan priority “Transformative Student Experience” includes the goal of preparing students “for lives of purpose and service as engaged and informed world citizens and courageous, compassionate leaders”, with an objective to develop cultural competencies in our student body.  This powerful call to action helps inform our intentional efforts at every grade level to provide a transformative experience, that honors each individual while celebrating the rich diversity of our full school community.

  • 34% of our student body self-identify as students of color
  • Our students come from 60+ local zip codes
  • Over 35 languages and dialects are spoken in our families’ homes
  • 23% of our students receive need-based tuition aid, exceeding $4 million

 

Student Focused Efforts

Education
  • Reading and Activity Program with Director of Diversity (Lower School)
  • Classroom-based, Developmentally-appropriate Learning Units, such as:
    • “Family History Museum” Project (3rd Grade)
    • “Inclusion in Action” identity program (5th Grade)
    • “The Unseen Me: My Cultural Suitcase” program (6th Grade)
  • Bond Lecture Series featuring prominent African American speakers (Upper School)
  • Diversity & Inclusion Speakers and Learning Opportunities within Enrichment Program (Upper School)
Programs and Events
  • International Expo - parent-led cultural education event (Lower and Middle School)
  • Diversity Leadership Conferences - student-led, including students from other area schools (Middle and Upper School)
  • Pathfinder Summer Institute - week long summer program for African American students (Middle and Upper School)
  • New Student Bridge Program - orientation and resources to help acclimate new students (Upper School)
  • iDentity Workshops - Mix-it-Up lunch discussion groups, Fireside Chats (Upper School)
Activity Groups
  • All School Diversity Council (all divisions, Students, Parents, and Faculty)
  • Cultural Competency Committee (Lower School)
  • Diversity Leadership Facilitators (8th Grade)
  • African American Mentor Program (Middle and Upper School)
  • iDentity (Upper School)
  • Affinity Groups Include: Asian Culture Club, Black Student Union, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Gay-Straight Alliance, Jewish Student Union, Muslim Student Association (Upper School)

 
Parent Programming
  • Courageous Conversations - speaker series and progressive dinner series
  • International Expo - parent led cultural education event for students
  • African American Support Committee
  • Bond Lecture Series
  • All School Diversity Council

Faculty Programming
  • Development of Culturally Responsive Curriculum
  • SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) - professional development program
  • Listen. Talk. Learn. Dialogue Across Difference - training through Diversity Awareness Partnership
  • Insights on Inclusion - lunchtime roundtable discussions
  • National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference