Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Belonging
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 support 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
Middle Eastern Heritage
The Board of Trustees Statement on Diversity
The Board of Trustees of Moravian Academy believes that educational excellence depends upon understanding and valuing the unique way each member of the Moravian Academy community experiences our shared human journey. The Trustees commit to a leadership role in fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable educational environment. While encountering differences can be challenging, a holistic and exceptional education demands nothing less. Both personal growth and professional achievement must engage and understand different perspectives and identities.
To that end, we are committed to ensuring that all families and staff feel welcomed as community members. We support the efforts of the school to provide our students with the skills needed to process multiple perspectives with civility and respect.