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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Saint Mary's

 

Saint Mary’s believes that inclusivity is an essential component of a learning community. Therefore, we are dedicated to creating an environment in which students, faculty, staff, families, and alumnae feel valued, respected, and known.

Engaging the leadership and members of its community to advance an equity-centered and culturally-competent educational experience, Saint Mary's has established several working groups to help advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at the school.

The Board's Community and Belonging Committee (formerly, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee) is chaired by trustees April Browne ’88HS ’91C and Maura Moylan Sullivan ’87HS, works directly with school leadership to address issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and established policies and practices to support DEI.

The Diversity Alliance, comprised of trustees, alumnae, parents, students, faculty, and staff, provides a wider perspective on issues of DEI to Interim Head of School Adam Holden, Ed.D. Saint Mary's DEI Taskforce, is comprised of three groups: students, faculty and staff, and current parents. The taskforce is home to the Inclusion Ambassador program, which pairs students with each school department to advance DEI initiatives schoolwide.

Related Student Organizations

  • Black Student Union 
  • Equity Club
  • HOLA Hispanic Or Latinx Affinity Group
  • LGBTQIA+ Alliance
  • Student DEI Taskforce Members
  • Student Inclusion Ambassadors

Student Conferences

  • Annual National Association of Independent Schools Student Diversity Leadership Conference 
     
  • Annual Triangle Diversity Alliance (TDA) Conference

Contact Us

Patricia C.A. Sasser
Assistant Head of School
psasser@sms.edu
 
 
Tai Hinkins, Ed.D.
Director of Learning Support Services

 

DEI News

Saint Mary’s School was honored to welcome North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green to campus Wednesday, April 20, 2022, for an all-school assembly in recognition of National Poetry Month. Head of School Carol Killebrew hosted a luncheon immediately afterwards in Smedes-Emory Parlor for the English Department, Black Student Union, Bookmark Club, and Creative Writing Club members and Inclusion Ambassadors, who sponsored this special event. 

Saint Mary’s School celebrated its 14th African American Read-In, Feb. 10, 2022, produced and presented by the Black Student Union and the Bookmark Club with participation from many interested students. The African American Read-In is a student-led annual event presented during Black History Month to highlight African American poets, activists, authors, musicians, artists, and others. This year’s theme was Finding Voice.

SAINT MARY'S NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

Saint Mary’s School admits girls of any race, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, or sexual orientation to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to our students. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national and ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, or athletic and other school programs.