A Message from Director for Community & Inclusion, Karen Washington
In keeping with Moravian Academy’s commitment to promote the child's full development in mind, body, and spirit, how we celebrate, nurture and support all members of our community matters to us. Any community can be diverse by definition. What is most important is how we uphold and celebrate the community so that all members feel that they are valued, and that they belong. We strive to accomplish this in different, age-appropriate ways, including creating and following curricula that supports multiple learning styles and develop critical thinking and other 21st century skills, including cultural competency. Our students will leave MA prepared to thrive in the global society that we are increasingly becoming. We strive to accomplish this in different ways. For parents/guardians, there is a Global Awareness Committee that provides community events that allow our parents, staff, and students to engage in an activity that promotes global awareness and exposes our families to the unique cultural and diverse aspects of our community. On our Swain School Campus, the newly formed JEDI (justice, equity, diversity & inclusion) parent/guardian committee will discuss ways to engage families to engage in conversations around identity to positively impact our community. Additionally on our Swain School Campus, a celebrated Let’s Talk Series facilitates tough conversations around race, history, and the LBGTQIA community.
A number of student-initiated organizations on the Merle-Smith campus foster diversity and community. Please see below a sampling of these offerings:
Diversity Equity, Inclusion & Justice Committee, a division of Upper School student government that discusses issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
Gender & Sexuality Alliance, pursuing all issues related to gender equality.
International Club, providing a space for students to explore the myriad cultural traditions celebrated by our community.
Black Student Union, bringing together students of all racial and cultural origins to learn about the Black experience and the contributions of Black Americans, past and present.
PRIDE Club, a club for LGBTQ+ students and allies who meet to discuss issues impacting and surrounding the LGBTQ+ community.
Cultural Clubs, open to students of all cultural backgrounds to learn about cultural identities and contributions of these groups, past and present:
Black Student Union
Jewish Heritage Club
Middle Eastern Heritage
As the Director for Community and Inclusion, I work with a dedicated team of campus diversity coordinators who serve as advocates for our students and their families as well as to the faculty and staff of Moravian Academy to ensure that our community is a safe place for everyone that moves beyond tolerance and makes transformative efforts to promote equity, justice and belonging.
Moravian Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, religion, age, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, pregnancy, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law in its educational programs and activities, admissions, or employment as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; and other applicable laws and school policies.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Title IX provides, "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
Covered under Title IX:
Complaints of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other sexual misconduct
Complaints of retaliation for reporting any form of sex discrimination
Concerns related to gender identity or gender expression
Issues related to education opportunities
Issues related to pregnancy or parenting status
Title IX Coordinator: Dr. Erica D’Agostino, ‘91, Assistant Head of School