Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

JMSG is a school that strives to educate and inspire the whole person. We are a community that values relationships, authenticity, empathy, and kindness. As we graduate and welcome a third of our community each year, we are continuously regenerating a culture that is grounded in
multiple perspectives and voices and the common good. Ultimately, we are an institution dedicated to the uplifting of women and a better future for our youth. Our principles demand that diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice live at the heart of our daily work with girls.

At JMSG, we recognize that the road to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice has no ending. A commitment to diversity is woven into the foundation charter of our school, but our commitment and approach to the work must be continually renewed. As a faculty, administration, and board, we are engaging with one another to have honest and critical
dialogue about where we are as an institution and where we want to go.

In the current landscape of extraordinary challenge and change, we see the path toward diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice as inseparable from the path to health, safety, and well-being, which we are leveraging every resource to pursue. As we enter into brave conversations at the institutional level, JMSG is committed to articulating our approach, setting priorities and creating a roadmap for action. 

Our Commitment 
In 2021 the JMSG Board of Trustees adopted a five-year Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan was built through an interactive process with school leadership, faculty, and staff, and it sets out four DEIJ expectations for the school and the larger school community:
-We will maintain a welcoming environment where students, families, faculty, staff, and administrators of color thrive.
-We will recruit and retain a diverse student body, faculty, staff, administration, and Board of Trustees.
-The JMSG curriculum and educational experience will reflect our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
-We will hold ourselves accountable through data, evaluation, and feedback.

Our School Task Force
JMSG’s administration, faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees are committed to confronting systemic racism and meeting the expectations of the Strategic Plan. We have formed a DEIJ School Task Force to lead JMSG in this work. Its charge is to take the commitments from the Strategic Plan, build out our action items and share progress with the larger community.

Members of the JMSG DEIJ School Task Force:
School Task Force 2021/22: 
Marcia Bedford, Director of Student Life
Pam Maycroft, Director of Finance 
Scott Mackey, Interim Dean of Faculty
Michele Spitulnik, Head of School
Board DEIJ Committee: Michael Moon, Zoe Leonard Monrad