Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity
St. Mary’s Academy Statement on Diversity
As an independent school in the Catholic tradition, and committed to the Loretto School Values of faith, community, justice, and respect, St. Mary’s Academy is committed to diversity in its many forms. Diversity includes the human facets of race, ethnicity, national origin, geography, religion, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, age, physical ability, learning style, and marital, parental or economic status.
St. Mary’s Academy affirms the inherent dignity and value of each individual. Our school embraces the distinct identity of each person and helps students to appreciate their own identities and those of others. St. Mary’s Academy actively seeks families, faculty, and staff who bring a range of experience to the school.
We believe diversity increases the ability to formulate and nurture ideas and relationships resulting in a school community where all opinions and views are respected.
St. Mary’s Academy provides a scholarly learning environment for an educational experience that prepares students to participate in an increasing complex global society.
We believe that in a multicultural society, developing competency, the will and ability to create an authentic and effective relationships across differences, is crucial to being a responsible and compassionate world citizen.
Past events have included:
Latino Arts Panel: community artists participated in a discussion on Latino identity. Latino artists spent the day as guest artists in Middle School student seminars
“The Danger of the Single Story” panel: Community change agents discussed the Ted Talk, “The Danger of the Single Story”. Students engaged in follow up discussions in CAT teams on stereotyping, belonging, and identity.
School-wide seminars focused on cross cultural competency skills, global justice, and social emotional literacy.
Community service programs with community children and elderly populations that help build empathy and interpersonal communication skills.
Service Learning trips annually to Peru for a small group of 7th and 8th grade students. Service learning trip to New Mexico and partnership between 8th grade students and Cochiti, Native Americans in New Mexico
Loretto leader Student council: Focus on building community and inclusivity within the Middle School.
Diversity Day: This annual event in the High School celebrates global learning and cultural inclusivity with an entire day of speakers and activities illustrating different cultures and social issues
Special speakers are invited to the school each year
Affinity Groups: in the High School include Black Affinity Group, Asian Affinity Group, and Latina Affinity Group
Latino Forum: is an annual event each fall organized by members of the High School Latina Affinity Group
Cherry Creek Diversity Day is an event SMA is involved in each year. Several High School students serve on the executive committee
STAMP (Students Taking Action Making Progress) is a Denver-area conference that empowers Middle School youth with tools to build more inclusive communities in their home schools. The conference is created and led by local High School Leaders including several SMA High School students.
Student Diversity Conference (SDLC) is an annual conference attended by four to six High School students. The students learn how to be leaders in dealing with issues around diversity in their school. This conference is sponsored by ACIS. Each month beginning in October, students who have attended the SDLC lead discussions at lunchtime around issues that deal with diversity and are currently in the news.
Black Women Lead Summit: selected black students attend various workshops on how to be leaders and discuss diversity issues
Common Ground Club (Diversity Club) is a High School club whose mission is to educate and bring awareness to diversity issues.
Affinity Groups: Black Affinity Group, Asian Affinity Group, and Latina Affinity Group
Change Makers Student group: This group of twenty Middl School students focused on diverse and inclusive programming within the Middle School and beyond.
St. Mary’s Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.