Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Council
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Coordinator
Lisa Chew Clody ’83
Director of Enrollment
302.658.7158, ext. 6256
“Ursuline Academy can and will be an active part of the solution.”
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Ursuline Academy:
Ursuline Academy and our Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Council is working to foster a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, and one that prepares the Ursuline community to go out into the world and be change makers.
- In early 2020, we welcomed our new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) coordinator, Donna May. In her role, she oversees the newly expanded DEI Council, which is comprised of students, faculty, Board of Trustees members, parents, and alumnae, and ensures efforts to promote and maintain diversity within the Ursuline family and within the HR selection committee. These efforts expand upon those of the DEI task force formed in 2018.
- Professional development and training for faculty and staff including a presentation on cultural competence by DeVon Jackson, M.S. Faculty members attended the 2019 MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference & the National Association of Independent Schools 2019 People of Color Conference.
- Student and faculty climate survey.
- Reviewing inclusivity throughout the Academy
- In 2020, partnered with NemMet Minority Recruitment and HBCU Career Center to standardize panel-style interviews with uniform questions to reduce unconscious bias among candidates.
- The DEI Council is tasked with developing a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan by the end of 2020. This plan will serve as a roadmap, detailing specific, measurable, and time-bound goals for addressing bias, prejudice, discrimination, and racism. We look forward to sharing the Action Plan with the Ursuline Community.
- Partnership with with LYTE Scholars since 2015, to make an Ursuline education possible for all. LYTE Scholars mission is: to lead low-income, African American, and Latino middle school students to top performing Delaware high school programs and then colleges, through personal mentoring, rigorous teaching, and leadership.
- Partnership with Serviam Girls Academy since 2008, making an Ursuline education possible for their 8th grade graduates. Serviam Girls Academy is a tuition-free private middle school in Wilmington, with a mission to: cultivate the potential of young women through a challenging, holistic education rooted in Ursuline tradition.
June 29, 2020 Update
Dear Ursuline Community,
Earlier this month, Ursuline Academy affirmed our commitment to standing with the Black community in the fight against racism in America and doing our part within our school and our community. Through our newly expanded Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Council, we will continue working to foster a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, and one that prepares the Ursuline community to go out into the world and be change makers.
Ursuline Academy’s President, Dr. Trisha Medeiros, has appointed Donna May, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Coordinator, and Lisa Chew Clody ’83, Director of Enrollment, as co-chairs of the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Council. The council, which will be comprised of students, faculty, Board of Trustees members, parents, and alumnae, is tasked with developing a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan by the end of 2020. This plan will serve as a roadmap, detailing specific, measurable, and time-bound goals for addressing bias, prejudice, discrimination, and racism. Dr. Medeiros will work closely with the council to implement the action plan.
We are seeking to assemble a working group of members of the Ursuline Academy community with related previous work or personal experiences, and/or a passion in this area. We encourage all members of the Ursuline community who have an interest in volunteering support to the council to email Donna May, firstname.lastname@example.org by July 10, 2020.
The important work of the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Council will begin with a series of listening exercises, which will help us determine where to focus our efforts. Community members will be surveyed to assess the current pulse on diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Ursuline Academy community. The council will research methods to measure growth annually to ensure sustainability. An update will be provided soon with further details, including other ways the Ursuline community will be engaged in the process.
We know that together, we can and will be part of the solution.
Donna May & Lisa Chew Clody ’83
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Council, co-chairs
June 4, 2020 Update
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
Statement of Commitment for Justice
Ursuline Academy will not stand by silently. The senseless murder of George Floyd was a continuation of a pervasive problem we must be part of correcting. We stand with the Black American community and give unwavering support against their disparate treatment. Our students, alumnae, staff, and others are outraged by the violence and racism that persists in our country and our world. We pledge to be a change agent. Acknowledging that there is an issue is the first step, and now there must be action. These injustices must come to an end. We must ALL do more. Through the work of a newly expanded Diversity and Inclusion Council, Ursuline Academy will further our support in the fight against bias, prejudice, discrimination, and racism.
Ursuline Academy can and will be an active part of the solution.
We affirm our commitment to educate our students, faculty, and administrators to be changemakers and global leaders on the virtues of peace and inclusion. We know there can be no peace without working for justice. We wrap our hearts around the Black community and pledge our solidarity and support.
We are stronger together – insieme.
Dr. Trisha Medeiros