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Equity

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 is a benefit that 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. 
 
Anti-racist work is ongoing work. Here's where we stand now in regard to our commitment to equity:
 
Meridian Community
 
  • Equity Committee Meeting - September 24th 6:00-7:00PM
    • The Equity Committee (a part of the Advisory Council) will work through how we can positively impact our school culture. This group will include staff, parents, and students. If you’re interested in learning more, please email Monique Swain at m.swain@mwschool.org
 
  • This Equity section of our website will share our continual progress in creating a more equitable community.
  • The Meridian Alumni Collective has come together to offer input into Meridian’s path forward in three areas: student support, faculty training, and disciplinary procedures. On July 10th, the open letter titled, “To Meridian: A Call for Change,” was sent to the Meridian Board and Administration with 54 alumni signatories. The alumni who supported the call to action represent Meridian’s 2018, 2019, 2020 graduating classes and reflect the diverse and thoughtful student community at Meridian. The overall goal of the Meridian Alumni Collective is to ensure that the complex identities of our local community are uplifted, celebrated and validated in everyday academic life at Meridian.
  • The Conversation Continues: Race Matters, was kicked off in June by Monique Swain and her husband Lenard. The Swains will continue to host conversations centered on race relations and cultural diversity within the Meridian community. These conversations have been an outlet for sharing, hearing, and exploring personal experiences and viewpoints from parents, students, and staff. Parents and students are invited to join future conversations to be held every two weeks on Sundays at 8:30 am. Fill out this Google Form if you’re interested in attending.
 
Professional Development and Staff Training
 
  • Dr. Angela Ward delivered the keynote address in a week of professional development with a thoughtful presentation of how best to support our students in a time of social unrest.
  • We are in the process of hiring a facilitator to provide anti-bias training and an opportunity for critical conversations with our staff.
  • We are reviewing staff hiring, training and retention with a focus on equity.
  • Meridian Staff have formed a “Better Together Book Club” to support the hard work further developing our school community as one that embodies educational equity for all students and promotes a culture that values, includes and respects all races equally.
  • In another opportunity, “Exploring Equity through the Art of Film,” staff will come together through the shared experience of watching and then discussing selected films focused on American Black experiences through history to modern times.

Our relationship with Law Enforcement
 
Meridian World School has no financial or legal arrangement with the RRPD, nor do we employ a School Resource Officer (SRO). Most calls to the RRPD made in the past have been required under state statute to inform police of potential threat situations. We work with several organizations, including local law enforcement, in training for crisis response and post crisis reunification.