Progress continues toward the diversity/inclusion initiatives outlined for St. Teresa’s Academy this fall. A portion of the projects currently underway includes:
- After an extensive search, Diversity and Inclusion Specialists have been contracted to perform a review of disciplinary process and policies, and curriculum (among other materials). After analyzing and assessing the information, recommendations, findings and conclusions will be submitted. The specialists will be on campus to begin the process on January 2.
- The STA administration has been in contact with Unitown/Anytown representatives to confirm a schedule to introduce the program to students.
- All STA parents have been invited to join the newly formed Parent Book Club. The first selected book, Some of My Best Friends are Black by Tanner Colby, offers a profoundly honest portrait of race in America. Michelle Wimes, STA Board President and Director of Professional Development and Inclusion at a Kansas City law firm, and Mary Shortino, STA alumna and Youth Services Information Specialist at the Johnson County Library, will moderate the discussions.
- Students have been invited to join affinity groups (including an interfaith group) to discuss shared ethnic concerns. The goals of the groups are to have a place where voices are heard, and to create action steps for the administration/school to move forward.
- Barbara McCormick, principal for academic affairs, is scheduled to attend the Teacher of Color Recruitment Fair, which is held in Atlanta on February 3. STA will have a booth, like many other schools, where the school and Kansas City will be promoted. Candidates at the fair speak to school leaders about openings and/or potential opportunities. Résumés from candidates will be gathered and promotional materials about STA will be distributed.