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 Head of School Brendan O'Shea.

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 Carol Killebrew. 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 Affinity Group
  • 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

On Friday, September 25, 2020, Olivia Hodge '21, chair of Saint Mary's Judicial Board, delivered the following remarks during the final Honor Week Chapel.

Today is the end of Honor Week and the day we sign the honor code. Honor Week and the signing of the honor code happen every year at Saint Mary’s and with that, the girls at this school make a commitment to uphold honesty, integrity, and to respect not only themselves but other members of the community. Along with signing the honor code this year we also signed a pledge before we stepped foot on this campus. We pledged to wear masks while on campus and around others, to social distance, and to put others before ourselves.

Saint Mary's School values the joy of reading and learning together. Each year we provide a summer reading list for students to explore, as well as choose a book our school community will read together. This year’s required reading selection, Piecing Me Together, provides an opportunity for us to reflect on personal values and building empathy and understanding. Piecing Me Together has earned many positive reviews and endorsements, as noted in the book’s description below. It also comes with a resource guide to assist us leading discussions with students and faculty when we return in the fall.


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.