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 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, chaired by trustees Brooks Bell and Anna Neal Blanchard '76HS, works directly with school leadership to address DEI issues and establish 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 Carol Killebrew.

Saint Mary's DEI Taskforce, is comprised of three groups: students, faculty and staff, and current parents. This internal community taskforce is under the leadership of Assistant Head of School Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D. 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

DEI News

Saint Mary's faculty and staff enjoyed an inspirational and dynamic hour with Hasan Kwami Jeffries, associate professor of history at The Ohio State University, who spoke via Zoom this afternoon with Triangle independent school educators on Confronting Hard History in the Classroom: From Slavery, to Civil Rights, to Black Lives Matter

Saint Mary’s School held its 13th African American Read-In, Feb. 3, 2021, produced and presented virtually this year by the Black Student Union and the Bookmark Club along with Orchesis and Ladies in Blue. The African American Read-In is a student-led yearly event put on during Black History Month that highlights African American poets, activists, authors, musicians, artists, and others.


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.