Everyone belongs at MMS.
Our work is to ensure that each person feels seen and valued as an individual, and to teach our students to appreciate the breadth of human experience. We welcome people of all backgrounds, regardless of age, ability, race, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. We have a large international population, which is mirrored in the diversity of our faculty and staff.
Highlights of Our Ongoing Efforts
- Community Workshops: Each adult has a role to play in fostering and sustaining a community where everyone feels embraced. Various practitioners have led workshops with faculty/staff, parents, and trustees to spur reflection about how each individual carries their own assumptions and preconceived notions. We believe this work fosters and deepens bonds among adults at MMS, ultimately creating a more interconnected, contented community for children.
- Faculty/Staff Committee: The committee meets monthly to further Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) initiatives and ensure that all divisions are developing curricula that integrate DEIB thinking.
- Parent Speakers and Events: MMS is a small community with a size that belies the breadth of cultures and lived experiences within it. We believe that each child and family’s unique background should be celebrated. Especially for young children who are just starting to grasp the vastness of the human experience, exposure and representation matter. We encourage parents to visit classrooms and talk about their countries of origin, cultures, religious celebrations, professional backgrounds, and more.
- Multicultural Book Initiative: Faculty and staff coordinated a school-wide effort to purchase books with characters and stories representing a broader array of backgrounds and lived experiences.
- Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Affinity Event: In response to the rise in Asian hate crimes and discrimination in the city, MMS held an affinity event, moderated by a parent and a child psychiatrist, with MMS parents about their experiences with anti-Asian hate and how to support their children. For AAPI Heritage Month, parents and teachers organized a reading series, where parents shared books with Asian stories and characters.