Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Adopted by the Board of Trustees, September 2019

St. Mary’s Episcopal School is committed to creating, maintaining, and nurturing a diverse and inclusive educational environment. Students, families, alumnae, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences collaborate in the often challenging and courageous work of understanding and respecting each other. Our diverse school community not only furthers the goals of an excellent education, but it creates an environment essential to the development of respect, responsibility, empathy, and unity. 

To ensure that we pursue this goal, the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of the Board of Trustees was created in 2018. Task Force members include Board members, faculty, parents, and administrators. The group facilitates conversations and initiatives around the areas of community, curriculum, and faculty recruitment and retention.           

Non-Discriminatory Statement 
St. Mary’s does not discriminate in its hiring on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, political opinion, marital status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable state and federal law. 

Shonda Keys

Shonda Keys

Director of Belonging

Our committee is very much looking forward to getting to work. St. Mary’s has taken steps to begin the important work of ensuring that inclusion, equity, and diversity is at the center of the work that we do here. I believe the truth in education is the foundation of excellence. This year has brought to the forefront issues that require us to look at the foundation of how our country was built. It is our charge and it is way past time to address these issues and equip all of our girls with the knowledge and the tool kit to work through challenging topics and seek the freedom that all deserve. Action is required, I am honored to be part of the charge and humbled by the history of this country and city as we seek to use the educational platform to bring truth and reconciliation to our community and honor and respect to those lives that have been lost in the struggle for freedom.

-Mikara Davis P'28'32, Board Member


DEI Task Force Meeting


This week our Board Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force had their final meeting after a year of diligent work developing strategic DEI initiatives to support St. Mary's Strategic Plan. We want to thank Elizabeth Alrutz, Mary Day, Brooke Dishmon, Laurita Jackson, Linda McNeil, Ellen Moore, Elvira Ormseth, Mary Katherine Stout, and Chair Mikara Davis. Also pictured are Albert Throckmorton, Head of School; Hilary Robinson, Assistant Head of School; Katherine Bush, Chaplain; and Teresa Leary Jenkins, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


The 2020 NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC) is the National Association of Independent Schools' flagship of commitment to equity and justice in teaching, learning, and organizational development. PoCC equips educators at every level, from teachers to trustees, with new skills.  With a rich history spanning more than 30 years, PoCC is unique among professional development experiences in the national education landscape. 

Mini Mosaic

The purpose of Mini Mosaic is to support our virtual learners with diverse readers. Through this platform, St. Mary's alumnae and students will share cheerful greetings and beloved stories.