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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion is a core institutional value at The Ursuline School.  

Tamisha Chestnut, DEI DIrector

Tamisha M. Chestnut
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Ursuline School believes in fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational environment that represents and honors a diverse constituency of backgrounds, experience and expression.

An inclusive environment for all, with particular attention to historically underrepresented and marginalized populations, is vital to the ongoing evolution of our institutional mission. These tenets, along with our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, enhance the Ursuline experience for all students, faculty and staff, and for the communities we engage.

 

 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

We, the Ursuline community, are committed to thinking critically, realizing and challenging our assumptions, and collaborating to forge a greater understanding of the multicultural world. This means enhancing our diversity of thought, perspective and experience. This also means cultivating the empathy, understanding, and respect necessary to open one’s mind to a multitude of perspectives and experiences that differ from one’s own. Excellence in education today requires nothing less.

Our commitment to our community is to:

  • Teach the skills, model the behaviors, provide the resources, and cultivate the environment of inclusion required to unlock the richness of that diversity.
  • Learn, intentionally, the steps necessary to work towards positive changes in our communities, nation and global world.
  • Ask for support when engaged in difficult and complex conversations.
  • Embrace differing perspectives, remain open-minded to others’ views, and listen while withholding judgment.

Only through inclusion can diversity act as a catalyst for creating space to achieve equity and excellence. When we skillfully engage our differences – we will find a path to greater understanding of the world and how we can be of service to it. Our mission of Serviam is the core of our identity as an Ursuline School and, therefore, is the central part of our core values.