Diversity & Inclusion At Work
Inherent to an excellent MKA education are two values central to our work in diversity and inclusion: that MKA has a responsibility to prepare 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.
– Nigel Furlonge, Head of School
Antiracism at MKA
Learn about the work to examine racial equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Student Voice & Empowerment
View the ways in which students are actively leading, learning, and participating in D&I initiatives.
MKA faculty are committed to creating a learning environment that supports engagement with challenging and transformational, multicultural curricula.
Creating a multicultural curriculum is more than changing curriculum and content: it’s a mindset; it's active and ongoing, and it’s a curricular practice that teachers engage in. It begins with all teachers identifying their own biases and then designing units of study that honor and are relevant to the students whom they are currently teaching. It includes discussing real-world issues, designing assessments grounded in student voice and choice, and providing opportunities for students to learn from one another.
All students should see themselves represented within the curriculum. The course resources (i.e. images, books, primary sources, and films) that teachers use for instruction must reflect the diversity of the student body. Black history cannot be solely taught from the deficit model, and we have to expose students to a broad range of voices when exploring issues such as racism, classism, and discrimination.
As part of multicultural curricular practice, teachers are committed to:
- Honor their students’ narratives
- Provide multiple perspectives within their disciplines
- Provide all students opportunities to understand themselves, other members of the MKA community, and the global society.
- Ensure that MKA is a safe environment in which to explore and discuss multiple perspectives, ask challenging questions, and create positive social change.
MKA is committed to providing a meaningful experience for lifelong learning so its students can become impactful members of an inclusive, global community.
Our commitment to multicultural education and a diverse and inclusive community is reflected in the Strategic Plan. It ensures that MKA will commit resources and programming to provide our students with a transformational education within a strong, vibrant, and innovative school community.
- Goal 1 ensures that MKA will commit resources and programming that “reflect and affirm the identities of our students and provide professional development to the faculty to support implementation.”
- Goal 2 reflects the school’s commitment to evaluating and using guiding documents such as the Mission Statement, the Character Standards, the Diversity and Inclusion Statement of Purpose, and the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Competencies so that all members of the community have common language as they engage with varied backgrounds and cultural identities.
- Goal 3 highlights the purposeful work and resources that will be dedicated to increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of faculty members through identifying, hiring, and retaining candidates.
Learn more about each goal by visiting Our Vision for Strategic Planning.
MKA is committed to taking deliberate and systemic action to dismantle racism in our school and in society. Your philanthropic investment in this effort allows MKA to strengthen and deepen our commitment to creating an antiracist community, bolster our students’ cultural competencies, and create a safe and supportive environment where all students and families are seen, known, and truly accepted for who they are.
Contact Paris McLean, Assistant Head of School for Diversity, Inclusion, and Antiracism, at email@example.com.