Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
“We can never say, it is enough..."
-Catherine McAuley, Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy
Rooted in Catholic Social Thought
This year, the Mercy administration formed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) faculty and staff committee as well as work teams. It is committed to a school culture that stimulates diversity of thought, supports equity in opportunity, and creates a learning environment where Mercy students and their families, along with faculty, staff, and community partners feel a strong sense of belonging and safety. Twenty faculty and staff meet regularly to ensure that the faculty teaches with equity in mind and encourages Mercy students to create a positive and inclusive environment.
DEI MISSION STATEMENT
Our mission is to raise awareness of and promote the necessary values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion that are rooted in Catholic Social Thought through continued collaboration and dialogue with our Mercy Burlingame community and partnerships. In this journey of growth and transformation, we seek to discover how we can better support our students, teachers, staff, and parents in our sustained commitment to uphold a diverse, equitable and inclusive school culture for all – Mercy In Harmony.
COMMITMENT TO GROWTH
Affirmed by our shared commitment to the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy, we are grounded in asking ourselves and our larger Mercy community to:
1. Enter into a process of discernment, personally examining one’s own biases and acknowledging one’s own privileges;
2. Reflectively confront and address that which is discovered through self-interrogation; and
3. Create opportunities to enhance our school’s culture to reflect the values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at every level.
This can be seen through our work this semester engaging faculty and staff in anti-racism trainings led by Be the Change Consulting, holding a DEI evening for alumnae to listen for areas of growth, and creating a faculty/staff book club.
Additionally, Mercy students, parents, alumnae, faculty and staff participated in 13 listening sessions over the summer. Both the positive and challenging experiences that were shared continue to influence our DEI objectives.
This past year the DEI Committee created an optional book club for faculty and staff. Last semester, our community members met in small groups to discuss So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. And this semester, the book club is currently reading How to be an Anti Racist by Ibram X. Kendi.
It is the hope of the committee that these readings and discussions will provide a common grounding for the Mercy community as it continues to address our DEI work going forward.
The DEI committee is seeking your input about anything at Mercy that impacts Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. If you feel that there is something the school needs to address, an incident that needs further support, or that you are not being heard in some way, please use this feedback form to let the DEI committee know.
Positive experiences that you would like to highlight or examples of what is going well are welcome too. We commit to responding to your request or comment within a week. For urgent matters, please fill out this form and email the DEI Co-Chairs at DEI@mercyhsb.com.