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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.


Diversity matters. 


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Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion informs the work that we do at McGillis, and is exemplified in our curricular and non-curricular offerings and experiences. The following are a few examples of The McGillis School’s programs designed to embrace and empower our community:


Liz Paige is the leader of the faculty Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging Committee.

Head of School Updates

Community Conversations: Dive into DEIB

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.
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Tikkun Olam One Story at a Time: Author Kelly Yang

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.

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