Diversity and Equity

The Diversity & Equity Committee at MCS grieve & stand in solidarity with our Asian American community and others globally to condemn the recent domestic terrorist attacks in Atlanta, Georgia. The abhorrent murders of eight people, including six women, is another instance of anti-Asian violence that has been sweeping our country in the last year.

Stop AAPI Hate, a group that tracks anti-Asian violence, disclosed it has received 3,000 reports of hate crimes since mid-March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic was declared. Many of these assaults are targeting women. Xenophobia and misogyny have no place in our society and must be stopped.

The Diversity & Equity Committee will continue to fight the racism and violence that plagues our community and country.

Sincerely,
Diversity & Equity Committee

Maria Montessori believed that young children should study the similarities and differences between communities around the globe, to build an early and growing awareness of our diverse, interconnected world.

Our Montessori school strives to be an intentionally diverse community, comprised of people of different ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, gender identities, family structures, sexual orientations, racial identities, national origins, religions, and abilities.

We celebrate the ways that our uniqueness and differences enable us to enrich each other’s lives. We actively seek to create an atmosphere of respect and openness, in which every person is recognized and supported.

In accordance with the MCS Strategic Plan, we continue to work to strengthen diversity and inclusiveness in our community. MCS strives to provide a culturally competent curriculum in the context of the Montessori philosophy’s commitment to social justice and peace.  Our work is supported by the MCS Administration and by the Diversity and Equity Committee, which is made up of a dedicated group of parents, faculty, and members of the Board of Trustees.

Below are some of the resources that our school community relies upon to do this work.

Learning for Justice (www.learningforjustice.org) is an extensive resource from the Southern Poverty Law Center with information on teaching about race and ethnicity, ability, class, immigration, gender, and sexual identity, bullying and bias, and rights and activism.

Working to Extend Anti-Racist Education (https://www.weare-nc.org/) is a Durham-based organization that facilitates programs for children, pre-service teachers, and teachers to gain an understanding of race, racism, and recognizing racist practices.

EmbraceRace (http://www.embracerace.org) is a multiracial online community of parents, teachers, experts, and other caring adults who support each other to meet the challenges that race poses to our children, families, and communities. 

Montessori for Social Justice (http://montessoriforsocialjustice.org) is an organization that formed in 2013 with the mission of “creating sustainable learning environments that dismantle systems of oppression, amplify voices of the Global Majority, and cultivates partnerships to liberate the human potential.” The group is made up of Montessorians from all over the country who meet annually.

Resources for Parents and Families:

American Psychological Association to help parents engage with children about race and tolerance.

Defining LGBTQ Words for Children

Resources for Educators and Education Leaders:

Defining LGBTQ Words for Children

Our Big Work: Reflections on being Anti-Racist Montessorians

Teaching Tolerance Guide in working with educators, students, and facilitators

The 8 R’s of Talking About Race: How to Have Meaningful Conversations

Tools and toolkit to change how we talk about race and racial equity

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, Peggy McIntosh