An Equitable & Inclusive Community

The Meridian School promotes diversity of thought and identity by bringing together community and curriculum, connecting awareness to actions, and celebrating the contribution of the individual to the community.

 

We believe that the challenges of our world require culturally-competent, well-rounded, critically thinking individuals who are prepared to be responsible and active global citizens; that diversity brings perspectives and authentic experiences central to an education that balances the intellectual, emotional, and social growth of children; and, that a school community and learning environment that is inclusive and more diverse will promote a deeper understanding of varying points of view, and will fuel innovation, creativity, and progressive change.

  • Our Equity & Inclusion Commitments

    Institutional Level:

    • We commit to an organizational structure that identifies, challenges, and addresses bias and prejudice, and supports diversity, equity and inclusion in our program and community.
    • We commit to employment practices that reflect and advance our vision of diversity, equity and inclusion in the school.
    • We commit to open and honest communication about identity so that students feel valued in our school community and comfortable being themselves.

    Program Level:

    • We commit to an intentional curriculum that:
      • engages students in conversations about identity and perspectives,
      • discusses social and environmental issues, and
      • empowers them to collaborate and take action to improve conditions.
    • Through this curriculum students will develop leadership skills while understanding their role as global citizens.
    • We commit to the continuous development of the school’s administration, faculty, governing body and families to build cultural competence.

    Community Level:

    • We commit to a community environment that is positive, nurturing, and emotionally-safe, embraces the integrity of individual identities, and allows for authentic sharing of personal stories, experiences, and perspectives.
    • We commit to an admissions process that offers an accessible education.
    • We commit to an inclusive culture of respect and integrity that we will model in our daily interactions and relationships so that all members can thrive.
  • Visiting Educators

    Throughout the year, we offer opportunities for administrators, faculty, parents and students to engage in courageous, educational conversations and cultural competency workshops. Local and national experts bring topics such as Media Literacy, Poverty Competency, Gender Diversity, Multicultural Education, Race and Privilege, among others.

    Visiting professionals include:

  • Community Partnerships

    We believe that excellent education happens when students are connected to, collaborate with, and learn from their local community. For this reason, we develop and sustain meaningful partnerships with many organizations in the Seattle area.

    Ongoing partnerships include:

    We also partner with the following non-profit organizations that share our community building, The Good Shepherd Center; Tilth Alliance, Wallingford Community Senior Center, Washington Green Schools, and PEPS

  • Definition of Terms

    Diversity is a state of being relevant to everyone and inclusive of all the differences in aspects of identity and thought that impact social experiences.

    Diversity of thought means the different ways people look at, think about, and interpret the world. This may include a variety of beliefs, creeds, styles of communication, political persuasion, and learning abilities.

    Diversity of identity means the characteristics by which we self-identify or by which others may define us. These characteristics may include age, country of birth, ethnicity, family structure, gender, gender expression, physical ability, physical appearance, race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, and socio-economic circumstances.

    Equity is a set of policies and practices that offer access, acknowledge diversity, equalize ability to thrive, and address institutional biases and discrimination.

    Inclusion is a sense of belonging, worthiness, and value one feels in an organization so all members of the community can thrive.

    Cultural Competency: The process by which individuals attain awareness, knowledge and skills to confront bias, reflect on their actions and privileges, and intentionally promote positive social change in their daily lives.      

    Global Citizen: A person who possesses the awareness, knowledge and skills to take action to promote positive social change locally and globally.

  • Recommended Resources

    2018-2019 Diversity Calendar a Seattle Public Schools project, created in collaboration with local equity and inclusion professionals

    Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People
    by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald

    NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

    Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice by the Anti-Defamation League

    Teaching Tolerance publications: Beyond the Golden Rule_a Guide for Parents

“I have been very impressed with the school’s efforts to make Meridian a caring and safe environment for students who are celebrated for their cultural, racial, socio-economic and gender diversity, as well as their unique strengths and backgrounds. It makes my family very proud to be at Meridian, who is committed to equity and inclusion, not just on paper but in action. By participating in the Equity and Inclusion Team, I have learned a lot from the teachers and fellow parents and I have become even more confident that our family’s goals for our daughter were being supported and complemented by the Meridian School. I have been touched by the deep thoughtfulness, discussions, and efforts that were behind every event and speaker topic this school year.  As a result of the care, support, and sensitivity of her teachers and classmates, our child is proud of who she is and all her ethnic heritages. She is receiving instruction in the meaning and value of community which she will carry with her always.”  –a Meridian Parent

Join our Team! We are actively seeking dedicated, culturally competent faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.

 

Global Competency

At Meridian, we believe that the challenges of our world require culturally competent, well-rounded, critically thinking individuals who are empowered to inquire, investigate, innovate and impact their communities.

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Service Learning

Integrity, compassion, and responsibility are essential to the mission of Meridian. Students are guided toward self-discipline and thoughtful decisions, mindful of both themselves and the community.

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