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 past Diversity & Inclusion Council co-chairs that was previously sent to our community, 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 Paul Yoon at pyoon@vcu.edu or Becky Groves at Rebecca.Groves@stewardschool.org to share your thoughts. Additionally, Tiffany Goodman, coordinator of diversity, equity, and inclusion, may be reached at Tiffany.Goodman@stewardschool.org

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:

  • Governance
  • Special Programming
  • Philosophy and Ethos
  • Best Practices and Professional Development

Who are our council members?

Becky Groves (Co-Chair) – Lower School Academic Dean, Current Parent
Paul Yoon (Co-Chair) – Board of Trustees, Current Parent
Tarsha Adkins, Current Parent
Laura Akesson, Upper School Faculty, Current Parent
Susan Atkinson, Director of Middle School
Stephanie Bowlin, Executive Assistant to the Head of School, Current Parent
Tisa Brooks, Board of Trustees, Current Parent
Allison Buchik, International Student Coordinator
Ron Coles, Lower School DEI Liaison
Dan Frank, Head of School, Current Parent
Tiffany Goodman, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator
Lee Healey, Upper School DEI Liaison
Christen Heidler, Assistant Director of Athletics
Rebecca Hoffmann, Director of Admissions, Current Parent
Heather Jeter, Director of College Counseling
Khadijah Luqman, Upper School DEI Liaison
Ingrid Moore, Director of Lower School, Current Parent
Ram Natarajan, Current Parent
Claudia Ramirez-Freytes, Middle School Faculty, Current Parent
Susan Sanford, Middle School DEI Liaison, Current Parent
Adam Seldis, Director of Upper School, Current Parent
Coreen Silverman, Current Parent
Elizabeth Simpson, Upper School Academic Dean
Rachel Williard, Director of Marketing & Communications





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