Director of Ethics & Community
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging
The McGillis School is built on the premise that diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging matter. As a school founded on Jewish values, culture, and history, we understand how vital it is to hear, understand, and learn from those who have been marginalized. We believe a diverse, inclusive community is essential to a rich educational experience, and we support each person in our community to reach their full potential. Commitment to this work is crucial for the long-term viability and success of our School.
Compelled by our purpose to create individuals committed and able to repair the world, our community endeavors to:
- honor each student’s individual story and experience
- foster diversity of thought and an open exchange of ideas
- empower students to meaningfully encounter difference
- nurture moral and intellectual growth
- effect change in a dynamic, increasingly interconnected world.
We strive to recruit, retain, and support a diverse student body, faculty, staff, and board.
Liz Paige is the leader of the faculty Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging Committee.
Sarah Davies is here to listen, offer resources, and provide counseling for our students and families.
When we talk about belonging versus fitting in, let’s remember:
- Inclusive spaces means creating a space where more people have the opportunity to feel like they belong.
- Fitting in takes a lot of energy from the individual. Belonging may take special effort from the community, but it requires a lot less energy from the individual.
- The people who create the norms of a group/environment have the responsibility to consider who feels they belong & who is simply fitting in.
The McGillis School's Tikkun Olam One Story at a Time Author Series focuses on the work and stories of authors of diverse backgrounds and experiences. During the 2021/2022 school year, students will meet Kelly Yang, Kekla Magoon and Saadia Faruqi, as their share their books and personal journeys as authors of color.
In March 2021, ten McGillis Middle School students attended the virtual Northwest Association of Independent Schools’ Student Diversity Leadership Retreat.
Our school’s mission, values, and diversity, equity, and inclusion statements guide our curricula and program development.