Director of Ethics & Community Initiatives
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
The McGillis School is built on the premise that diversity, equity, and inclusion 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.
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.
In the best of years, emotions are heightened around presidential elections. This election feels especially difficult due to the tone and tenor of the race.
It’s okay if you don’t get it “right” the first time
The Jewish value Derech Eretz teaches us how to conduct ourselves and interact with others as we journey through life.