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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion,
Justice, and Belonging

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 The Justice, Belonging & Love Committee that provides community events that allow our parents, staff, and students to engage in conversations that promote respect, dignity, and belonging for all constituents and expose our families to rich cultural and diverse aspects of our 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 & Belonging Committee, a division of Merle-Smith 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
    • Indian Heritage
    • 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.

Please feel free to contact me at kwashington@mamail.net  for further information.

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