Respect in ActionOur Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
At McLean we work hard to ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are more than just add-ons. We make sure, instead, that they are interwoven within the fabric of our community. The work isn’t always easy, but at McLean, we don’t shy away from what is hard. As a result, our students develop crucial appreciation for all people and cultures, a commitment to social justice, and a moral compass to guide them through their lives. As educators, we have a responsibility to foster a generation of young people who are informed, engaged, compassionate, and responsible. We are and always have been about self-reflected learning and accountability, not just for the students in our classroom, but also for ourselves as a faculty and staff, and our School as a whole.
Our many efforts include:
- Professional Development for Faculty and Staff.
We employ a “windows and mirrors” pedagogy to reflect, reveal, and ensure that our students see their own and others’ lives, interests, histories, and perspectives represented in our curriculum. In addition, to deepen our work, we regularly bring in nationally recognized thought leaders to share expertise and resources in this realm, most recently hearing from Jen Court, Rosetta Lee, Rosalind Wisemen, and Rodney Glasgow.
- School Community Engagement.
Our rich programming for students and their families includes visiting authors, educators and advocates; showing of movies such as The Hate U Give, and Just Mercy, along with community-wide reads with opportunities for group reflection and discussion we refer to as “McLean Talks.” These discussions happen in different configurations–parents, students, faculty, and affinity groups–for relevant, moderated, guided work in groups and as a whole. Throughout the year, we–our students, faculty, and parents–honor a number of cultural and community recognitions such as Black History Month, LatinX Heritage Month, Adoption Awareness Month, and Day of Silence in support of the LGBTQ community.
- Inspiring Speakers.
We have listened to and invited many incredible voices over the years to engage our community. In March 2018, we were honored to have the late Congressman John Lewis visit McLean School as part of our Black History Month celebration, providing our community a rare opportunity of personal engagement with this central figure of the Civil Rights Movement. Schuyler Bailar, who made history as the first openly transgender man to compete on an NCAA Division 1 team, spoke about gender inclusion and his experience as a competitive swimmer at Harvard University. We welcomed Pakistani American author, Hena Kahn, to talk about the importance of seeing ourselves reflected in the stories we read. And John Sharon shared his own story of overcoming a rare physical disability and empowered students to think differently about their own identities. Our students have also had one of a kind opportunities to meet with remarkable individuals. From a visit at the White House with First Lady Michelle Obama, to a dialogue with the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai, our students have truly seen the work of difference makers up close in meaningful and personally engaging ways.