Diversity and Inclusion

 

CELEBRATING DIVERSITY & FOSTERING INCLUSION

As a school founded and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the community of St. Teresa’s Academy is called to move always to “live in profound love of God and neighbor without distinction.”

Diversity has been a key component of the St. Teresa’s Academy mission and philosophy since its founding in 1866. The STA community values and embraces a racially, culturally, ethnically, geographically and economically diverse student body and school community. Students, faculty and staff with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives enrich and enhance the learning process and help each of us to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are so vital to succeed and live a meaningful life in today's global community.

One of the primary core beliefs of St. Teresa’s Academy states:
We believe that recognizing each person’s authentic self and the multitude of differences that exist in our society creates a meaningful community built on mutual respect and dignity for all.

  • We approach education from a multicultural perspective, teaching our students the value of including diverse voices within our classrooms and community.
  • We cultivate young women to care for the underserved and excluded, to recognize the differences among us, and honor each person’s story so that all are included and held dear.

Brianna Walker
Director of Diversity and Inclusion

bwalker@stteresasacademy.org, (816) 501-0011 x 115

Brianna Walker serves as  the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Admissions Assistant, moderator of the Black Student Coalition, and co-moderator of The Inclusion Project. Brianna graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2015 and soon began her work in the field of education as Coordinator of Culturally Diverse Recruitment for the Mizzou Office of Admissions. Through her time in the admissions office she spearheaded diversity recruitment efforts in Kansas City, MO, and St. Louis, MO, as well as served as Coordinator of the George C. Brooks Scholarship and advisor of the United Ambassador Diversity Student Recruitment Team. Though she loved her time at Mizzou, she moved on to be a College Preparation Coach in St. Louis, MO, at College Bound STL. It was there she was able to build upon her passion for serving young people on a more direct scale.

At St. Teresa’s Academy, Brianna’s efforts ensure the STA community embraces an atmosphere of acceptance and education surrounding diversity issues by ongoing programming, extracurricular opportunities, recruitment tools, and professional development.

Kelly McKee
Diversity Coordinator

kmckee@stteresasacademy.org, (816) 501-0011 x 130 
 
In addition to her role as an Academic Counselor, Kelly Eikermann McKee has served as Diversity Coordinator since 2015.  She also serves as a co-moderator of The Inclusion Project, moderator of The #1 Club, co-moderator of the freshman class, and facilitator of Freshman Star Seminar.

Kelly graduated from St. Teresa’s Academy in 1990, the University of Kansas with a BA in Psychology in 1994, and received her MSW with a concentration in Mental Health from Washington University in 1996.  Kelly worked as a social worker for 14 years before returning to St. Teresa’s to continue her counseling work in 2010.

As Diversity Coordinator, Kelly has worked with students, faculty, parents, and alumnae to help drive the Diversity Initiatives outlined in St. Teresa’s strategic plan. She strives to provide opportunities for the St. Teresa’s community to celebrate diversity while fostering inclusion.