DEI in Triple A
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Triple A
Meridian School’s Commitment to DEI: It is critical that everyone feels safe and supported as part of the Meridian family. We want a better world for everyone and believe that diversity makes us all stronger. This ethos of equality exists deep in the core of the International Baccalaureate's mission: to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. We recognize that this starts with us, both as individuals and together as a school community.
Here are some of the steps being taken:
- We have created a DEI Coordinator position.
- We have engaged an Equity consultant who is leading our growth process.
- We are working on our equity vision statement to guide our work through the upcoming years.
- Staff training is happening now and will continue to remain a priority in coming years. We are building our equity literacy. The work does not stop.
- We had student assemblies in secondary to start the conversations about discrimination at Meridian.
- We have scheduled grade-appropriate discussions with our primary students in their Counselors' Specials classes.
- We’re in the process of identifying on-campus and community advocates and additional resources for students.
- We will host listening circles for members of our community.
For DEI Definitions and Terms, please go here.
For more on DEI at Meridian, please go here.
Meridian’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Triple A: Providing an environment and experiences that are diverse, equitable, and inclusive is an on-going process. It requires continual education and constant efforts towards improving communications, programs, processes, and trust.
The Triple A program management is individually and collectively engaged in DEI growth at Meridian.
As of January 2021, all Triple A staff members are required to complete DEI training and verbally reflect bi-weekly on how they are implementing equity and inclusion in their positions.
As a small program that specializes in facilitating enriching experiences for an average of 350 students per year, efficient processes and clear and effective communication are essential to our success. We pride ourselves in creating tools that are user-friendly and evolve with the needs of our community. Regardless of how polished our communications and processes are, we are committed to being open-minded and flexible in our endeavor towards equity in Triple A. We are currently auditing our communications and processes through a lens of equity and making improvements along the way. However, if you find a communication, process, experience, or our Terms for Participation to be inequitable, we encourage you to reach out to us so that we can apply your insight or experience towards further growth.
- To share areas of growth that are not immediately affecting a member of the community, please email your thoughts to email@example.com.
- For immediate concerns, please reach out to the Triple A Manager, Kathryn Patschke, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 512-660-5230 extension 217.
- If you feel your concerns require immediate escalation, you are welcome to contact the DEI Coordinator, Monique Swain at email@example.com.
- Concerns may also be submitted anonymously via the “Help Us Stay Safe - Anonymous Bullying & Tip Reporting” red button towards the bottom left of the home page www.mwschool.org.