Equity and Inclusion joined four other St. Margaret’s Core Values —Character, Community, Balance and Breadth, and High Expectations—in the Fall of 2019 to act as a guidepost for the future of St. Margaret's and all Tartans.
The Upper School dance classes have integrated some of the most difficult topics of 2020, such as social justice and the lasting impact of COVID-19, into the program’s in-person and remote-learning curriculum.
St. Margaret’s had a delegation of 15 professional community members and six students at the 2019 National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference and the adjacent NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Seattle.
Grade 6 world history and writing students worked on an interdisciplinary “Heritage Cookbook Project” that explored geographical roots and family history and concluded with a multicultural feast using special family recipes.
National diversity expert and thought leader Robert Greene of Jones Consulting spent time with parents, students and administrators during a day-long series of workshops intended to foster understanding around cultural competency.
St. Margaret’s students, faculty and staff came together for a celebration of culture, heritage and traditions during Language and Culture Day. Led by the school’s world language department and Department Chair Marta Austin, Middle and Upper School students participated in various activities supporting the inclusivity of the St. Margaret's community.
Much like math, reading and writing, St. Margaret’s educators believe that developing cultural competency in our students is essential for their futures. Last week, St. Margaret’s engaged cultural competency thought-leader Robert Greene to work with Middle and Upper School students, faculty and staff.
“Welcome back and welcome home, Tartans!” Head of School William N. Moseley commenced the 2015-2016 school year with this greeting to new and returning Tartans at the All-School Opening Ceremony on Wednesday. St. Margaret’s kicked off its 36th school year with a total enrollment of 1,246 students, 169 new students, 80 new families and 21 new faculty and staff members.
Earlier this month, St. Margaret's TIDE members attended Wildwood School’s 9th Annual Multicultural Symposium, a daylong, annual event for grade 7-12 students from across Los Angeles. This year’s symposium included professional and student performances and more than 40 breakout sessions.
By Karen Poffenberger, Upper School Arts Teacher and TIDE Advisor
This month marks Hispanic Heritage Month and sees the efforts of St. Margaret's Upper School leadership group TIDE begin to flourish. TIDE (Tartan Inclusivity and Diversity Education) is comprised of 12 Upper School students from a variety of racial and ethnically diverse backgrounds, ages and genders.
Nearly 100 Upper School student leaders recently gathered on a Saturday to participate in a day-long leadership development workshop with a focus on building an inclusive school community. Representatives from the five campus leadership groups actively engaged in learning about leadership models and developing skills to shape a campus culture that makes all members of the Upper School community feel welcome.