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:

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 Beth Curry at Beth.Curry@stewardschool.org 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?

Beth Curry (Co-Chair) – Health and Wellness Coordinator
Shawn Morrison (Co-Chair) – Director of Development, Current Parent
Suja Amir (Secretary) – Current Parent
Susan Atkinson – Director of Middle School
Stephanie Bowlin - Executive Assistant to the Headmaster, Current Parent
Melanie Goodpasture – Trustee, Current Parent
Becky Groves – Lower School Academic Dean, Current Parent
Dan Frank – Head of School, Current Parent
Debbie Hanger – Trustee, Former Director of Lower School
Heather Jeter – Director of College Counseling
Conchy Martinez – Trustee, Alumni Parent
Carol Moore – Director of Upper School
Ingrid Moore – Director of Lower School, Current Parent
Cheryl Napper – Alumni Parent
Robin Oliff – Director of Admissions
Susan Sanford – Upper School Faculty
Deborah Sutton – Current Parent
Tina Sutton – Current Parent
Ann-Marie Trepp – Trustee, Current and Alumni Parent

 

Steward Voices

Steward is an atmosphere that fosters confidence—something we have seen in all three of our kids. Whether it is playing a new sport, running for a seat on the Honor Council, or singing a solo on Talent Night, they have been encouraged to try, to experience, and to grow.
- Dan and Kathi Campbell, Parents of Abbie ’19, Emma ’17, and Ben ’14

Steward Voices

Steward is the right place for Micah and Kiri because they are able to develop strong connections with their teachers, which in turn facilitates confidence and resilience in their learning. Everyone at Steward knows your name and makes you feel so welcome.
- Paul and Janet Yoon, Parents of Kiri ’27 and Micah ’26

Steward Voices

Steward helped me develop the skills I needed to succeed in college and the courage and confidence to set competitive career goals for myself. But, these skills weren’t lessons I learned just in Steward’s classrooms; they came from the athletic fields, in the hallways, and during Honor Council meetings, too.
- Grace Henderson ’10

Steward Voices

Steward provides Andrew with a nurturing environment which fosters his individualism, develops exemplary character traits, and continuously provides him with creative learning experiences. Consequently, Andrew ‘loves’ school and anticipates each day with joy, enthusiasm, and excitement.
- Betsy Jollay, Grandmother of Andrew O’Leary ’25

Steward Voices

I love all that The Steward School has done for Trace. Steward has uncovered Trace’s talents, celebrated his individuality, and strengthened his belief in himself. The faculty and staff offer an amazing balance of challenge and comfort, encouraging the best from all students. I can’t imagine Trace being anywhere else. Thank you, Steward School.
- Ron Coles, Father of Trace Coles ’19 and Grade 5 Teacher

Steward Voices

Being a member of The Steward School international program has been an awesome experience. The community has helped me tremendously along the way.
- Bowen Chen ’15

 

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