Equity and Inclusion

At St. Margaret’s, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are integral components of everyday life. Our mission, core values, and DEI work are rooted in our Episcopal identity, which calls us to seek God in and honor the dignity of every human being. Our Equity and Inclusion core value compels us: We embrace and celebrate the identity of every human being, and advocate for equity, inclusion, and justice. We aim to create an environment at St. Margaret’s where every Tartan is known and loved for who they are and who they are fully. Fostering that environment requires continued strategic planning, captured through our innovation strategy, accreditation focus areas, and yearly DEI priorities. 

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  • What do we mean by Diversity?

    We recognize and celebrate that diversity exists in the backgrounds and experiences that have shaped our lives. Diversity encompasses the complexity of the human experience: our life experiences, our journeys through the world, the faiths we observe, the traditions we practice, the structures of our families, our socioeconomic statuses, the languages we speak, the colors of our skin, our abilities, our physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs, and the list goes on. These myriad intersecting identities shape us as individuals, in groups, and in our school community. At St. Margaret’s, we are proud that our Tartans’ many backgrounds, life experiences, and identities weave together to form a wonderful fabric that unites us and prepares our students for living in a complex global society.
  • What do we mean by Inclusion?

    By inclusion, we mean our ability to honor and respect the dignity of every human being. Inclusion means that when Tartans walk onto campus, they can bring their full selves each and every day. Each of our backgrounds, perspectives, and social identifiers belong here—fully and without exception. I am my full self. I belong. When we engage in inclusion work, we ask ourselves, “Is every member of our community able to co-create the culture of our school? Whose voices and experiences are included? Whose are not?”

    “Being seen, valued and loved for who you are by nurturing adults and peers is the rich soil in which a young person flourishes and thrives. We have a wonderfully diverse community of people who come from many cultures, backgrounds and experiences. We want every Tartan to feel they belong here. At its most fundamental level, DEI work is love work. It is about ensuring that every member of our community is known and experiences a sense of belonging,” says Director of Equity and Inclusion Victor Cota. 
  • What do we mean by Equity?

    Whenever and wherever we find that certain voices and experiences are less represented than others, that is when our equity work kicks in. We understand that ours is a world of imbalanced access to opportunities and resources. As a result, people in the same community will have very different experiences. When we engage in equity work, we ask ourselves, “Who is favored? Who is not? Who has privilege in this situation? Who does not?” Then, as we become more comfortable and informed, we ask, “What will we do about it?” Sometimes this means reflecting on individual behaviors and sometimes it means examining entire systems. What matters is that we recognize that inequity exists, work to identify it, and ask the questions to fully understand it, move through any subsequent discomfort, and act.
At St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, we are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

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    Victor Cota 

    Director of Equity and Inclusion; TIDE
    (949) 661-0108 x1342
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