Diversity & Inclusion
Inherent to an excellent MKA education are two values central to our work in diversity and inclusion; that MKA has a responsibility to prepare our students for a society that is growing more complex and global, and that all students work best when they – and their families – are seen, known and truly accepted for who they are. In order to be your best self, you must first be able to be yourself.We continue to build cultural competency as a framework for interactions with one another and for the work that we do together, which relies on our ability to empower our students, families, faculty and staff to create a more inclusive MKA.
Our Pre-K-12 team of diversity and inclusion practitioners helps to take the pulse of the school community. Our Diversity and Inclusion Parents Committee provides guidance and feedback on goals planning, and was instrumental in developing our Statement of Purpose, our Parents of Students of Color affinity group and other policy and programming recommendations.
MKA has committed to exploring a variety of important identifiers, fully understanding that conversations about some identifiers may be especially challenging. Our 2014-15 Community Theme is “Gender and Sexuality,” which we are striving to explore in a pedagogically sound and developmentally appropriate way for all of our students. To help us in this important work, MKA has engaged Dr. Jennifer Bryan, a nationally recognized consultant, researcher and educator on these issues, who has presented to our faculty, administration and parents.
We look forward to ongoing, exciting and rewarding discussion that will allow MKA to continue developing as a community of character where all are welcome.