Diversity & Inclusion

At Steward, we are grounded and guided by our mission and our values of respect, responsibility, empathy, and cultural inclusivity.

The Steward School is a caring community that embraces the diversity of our members, keeps our minds and hearts open to differences, and views each individual as a source of strength and means of growth for our school.

Our campus’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is central to our mission and is a key component in the success of all that we do. We encourage you to use this webpage as a resource to stay informed and engaged as we work together to foster a campus climate that is welcoming to all. To read a letter from our Diversity & Inclusion co-chairs that was sent to our community this fall, please click here.

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

We use the following statement, which our Diversity & Inclusion Council developed and our Board of Trustees and school administration unanimously approved, as our guiding star:

The Steward School is committed to diversity and the development of an educational environment that fosters mutual respect, responsibility, and empathy in our school and in life. We value the presence of individuals whose differences include, but are not limited to, age, ethnicity, gender, learning style, talents, physical ability, political views, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and family structure.

We expect that all members of the Steward community – students, faculty and staff, administration, parents, and trustees – keep their minds and hearts open to difference as a source of strength and a means of growth for the entire community. We recognize that fulfilling this mission is an ongoing process that requires open dialogue and constant attention.

Inclusion in Action

These words are meaningful; however, the most important thing is the actions they spur. Each and every member of our community should feel respected, honored, and equal in their experiences in the classroom, athletic fields, hallways, offices, lunchroom, and colonnade. Therefore, our community strives to realize this philosophy in our day-to-day lives. Guided by our Diversity & Inclusion Council and school administration, ongoing initiatives include:

In addition, we recognize our community's various initiatives to celebrate diversity by regularly publishing content on our Newsroom. For example, click here to read about the 2018 Black History Month interactive gallery wall that featured contributions from students, faculty, and staff in all three divisions, centered around gripping original artwork by Lizzie Parris ’19.

While we recognize the contribution of each of the above listed activities, it is also our intention to enrich this list with further programming that enhances the diversity and inclusivity of our community. The Diversity & Inclusion Council welcomes your suggestions or feedback! Please contact co-chairs Melanie Goodpasture at prsource1@aol.com or Shawn Morrison at Shawn.Morrison@stewardschool.org to share your thoughts.

Diversity & Inclusion Council

Our Council’s mission is to advance the goals set out in our Diversity and Inclusion statement and to provide opportunities for our students, faculty, staff and board to enhance the understanding of diversity and inclusion in our school. Our Council comprises four committees:

Community Outreach Governance Professional Development Student Development

Who are our council members?

Shawn Morrison (Co-Chair) – Director of Development, Current Parent
Melanie Goodpasture (Co-Chair) – Current Parent
Suja Amir – Alumni Parent
Molly Anderson – Trustee, Alumni Parent
Tisa Brooks – Trustee, Current Parent
Allison Buchik – International Student Program
Ron Coles – Lower School Faculty
Dan Frank – Head of School, Current Parent
Becky Groves – Lower School Academic Dean, Current Parent
Debbie Hanger – Former Director of Lower School
Lee Healey – Upper School Division Assistant, Alumni Parent
Christen Heidler – Athletics
Michelle Khalife – Health & Wellness
Khadijah Luqman – Upper School Faculty
Ingrid Moore – Director of Lower School, Current Parent
Robin Oliff – Director of Admissions
Susan Sanford – Middle School Faculty
Adam Seldis – Director of Upper School
Elizabeth Simpson – Upper School Academic Dean
Deborah Sutton – Current Parent
Kristin Trost – Current Parent
Paul Yoon – Trustee, Current Parent
Rachel Williard – Director of Marketing & Communications

2017-18 Diversity and Inclusion Trainings and Programs

August 14-18—All faculty trained on the cycle of prejudice (VCIC)
October 2—Half-day training for Diversity and Inclusion Point People (VCIC)
October 6—Sophomore health & wellness seminar – Lesson on the “Cycle of Prejudice” (VCIC)
October 23—Full faculty/staff meeting presentation – How to best support LGBTQ+ youth (Side By Side)
February 16
—Half-day professional development training on implicit bias and perspective-taking (VCIC)
February 22
—Board of Trustees and parent presentation – How to best support LGBTQ+ youth (Side By Side)
March 12—Sophomore health & wellness seminar – Lesson on the “Cycle of Prejudice” (VCIC)
April 30—Grades 7-12 assembly presentation – LGBTQ+ (Side By Side)




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