Inclusion at Marist

To fulfill Marist School’s mission in education, it is imperative that we foster an inclusive and welcoming school community. We are committed to doing what is necessary to encourage positive systemic change and build an anti-racist culture at Marist.

Our Action Steps

List of 6 items.

  • Fearless Dialogues Partnership

    In February 2020, we formally partnered with cultural competency experts Fearless Dialogues for a two-year engagement during which we will invest considerable energy toward fostering a culture of change that features trust, accountability, and mutual support. Specifics of our process with Fearless Dialogues are below.

    Year One (Spring 2020 through June 2021)
    Activities during Year One focus on helping us alter the chemistry that has prevented us from building the inclusive school environment we want and need to have.

    • Program Audit – In April and May, Fearless Dialogues audited the 26 programs that Marist’s Office of Inclusion & Diversity either sponsored, co-sponsored, or supported during the past school year. The audit metrics evaluated the execution, outcomes, and overall effectiveness of these programs in reflecting, reinforcing, or promoting Marist’s diversity, equity, and inclusion values. While the majority of the programs received high marks, Fearless Dialogues has a number of recommendations that we will begin to implement during the 2020-2021 school year.
    • Curriculum Audit – Fearless Dialogues, alongside our new Curriculum Review Task Force, will work together to perform a review and valuation of the Marist School curriculum, which will determine the strengths and growth areas for embedding social justice, equity, and diversity into the classroom and student experience. Our intention is to enhance our coursework regarding the issues and history around race in order to prepare our students to be culturally sensitive servant leaders in our world. This work was to have begun this spring, but, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will begin in fall 2020 instead.
    • Faculty/Staff Training – This fall, Fearless Dialogues will take Marist’s entire faculty and staff through training sessions that work toward transformation and change in self and others, helping to open eyes to see gifts instead of stereotypes, enable an environment for hard conversations, and cultivate the hope that leads to sustainable change. This training originally was to have occurred in April, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Experiential Learning Sessions – A foundational part of Fearless Dialogues’ work with Marist is to create spaces where each member of our community can feel comfortable speaking thoughtfully and courageously across differences. To accomplish this, Fearless Dialogues will lead a series of five workshops for a cohort of 200 members of our school community, including students, parents, alumni, administration, and Board of Trustees. Those that participate in these workshops will become ambassadors to foster a culture of meaningful engagement across differences during the second year of Marist’s partnership with Fearless Dialogues.

    Year Two (2021-2022 Academic Year)

    The goal of Year Two is to help Marist begin to embody the practices that inform healthy discourse and community-building across differences. By developing shared understanding, sharing experiences, and providing shared language and tools, sustained cultural change can begin to flourish.

    • New Student Orientation – As new students enter Marist, they will participate in an orientation workshop to set expectations and cultural norms of the Marist School community. This type of orientation will become an ongoing component of the orientation activities experienced by all new Marist students.
    • Student Engagements by Grade Level – Fearless Dialogues will take all Marist students through a series of workshops based on the theme “Embodying Courage.” These workshops will equip students to live out a commitment to know, to embrace, to listen, to care and acknowledge, and to act, thus helping create an inclusive community that embraces and celebrates differences. The workshops will draw from Catholic teachings on solidarity, human dignity, care for the vulnerable, and responsibility for nurturing God’s creation and will reflect and uphold the Marist mission and values.
  • Office of Inclusion & Diversity

    Marist School’s Office of Inclusion & Diversity has a full-time director, Mr. Aaron Hill. In his role, Mr. Hill has a voice in all conversations regarding student life. Additionally, we have added coordinator positions to the Office of Inclusion & Diversity, expanding the number of people working in and helping with programming related to inclusion and diversity in an effort to grow and strengthen this department.
  • Policy Updates

    Recognizing that every aspect of our school community needs to be considered as we work toward building an anti-racist culture, we have reviewed, clarified, and updated our school policies related to discrimination, including racism, and harassment. We worked on our revisions with the help of students of color as well as with the oversight of our Diversity Advisory Council. The new policies, documented in our Parent-Student Handbook, will be conveyed to students at handbook assemblies and orientation activities. Parents will be required to review the handbook and affirm their commitment to these policies with a signature before their children can begin school.
  • Diversity Advisory Council

    We have expanded the membership and role of our Diversity Advisory Council. The group now includes members representing current parents, faculty/staff, Board of Trustees, and alumni. The group will meet monthly to help guide the activities of the Office of Inclusion & Diversity and advise on incidents that threaten the school’s commitment to a welcoming and inclusive school community.
  • Student Diversity Advisory Council

    In fall 2020, we formed our new Student Diversity Advisory Council (SDAC), which will work with the Office of Inclusion & Diversity to promote a culture of inclusivity in the student life at Marist. Student leaders on the SDAC will be part of the cohort trained by Fearless Dialogues, and we expect they will attend the National Association of Independent Schools’ Student Diversity Leadership Conference and lead the Diversity Summit we host each spring for students from many area independent schools.
  • Faculty Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

    We acknowledge that faculty and staff play a key role in promoting an anti-racist culture at Marist and in supporting our students of color. As mentioned above, all Marist faculty and staff will participate in training and experiences led by Fearless Dialogues, which will equip them to recognize and address racism, to dialogue across differences, and to seek understanding through the lens of compassion. Additionally, we continue to broaden our nationwide efforts to recruit a diverse faculty and staff, including attending multiple teacher of color hiring fairs and visiting historically black colleges and universities.

Recent Communications

List of 6 news stories.

  • Progress Update on Inclusion & Diversity at Marist School

    Our Catholic and Marist values call for Marist School to foster a community of inclusion, and we work energetically toward that goal every single day. We are pleased to share this progress update about our multifaceted efforts surrounding inclusion and diversity. These initiatives ensure we acknowledge and honor the God-given gifts of every member of our school community and advance our important mission to form the whole person in the image of Christ.
  • The Real Talk Girls Conference attendees with Renee Ducre '89.

    Real Talk Girls Conference Celebrates Women’s History Month

    The Marist School Office of Inclusion & Diversity hosted the Real Talk Girls Conference on Monday, March 13. The afternoon event held on Schola Brevis, the first day of Term 3, marked the midway point of Women’s History Month. Open to all students, the event featured three guest speakers and table discussions led by Marist student leaders.
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  • Marist School Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    As Marist School joins the nation in marking the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16, Marist President Fr. Bill Rowland, S.M. shares Dr. King’s most powerful quotes as inspiration to continue advancing the principles of racial equality and nonviolent social change.
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  • Mr. Aaron Hill served as an SDLC faculty member working to plan and provide curriculum for the SDLC conference.

    Student Diversity Leadership Conference Attendees Present to Marist Faculty and Staff

    Eighteen individuals representing Marist School recently attended the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference for faculty and staff and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) for students held concurrently in San Antonio, Texas.
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  • May 2022 Progress Update on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Marist School

    We are pleased to share this update about Marist’s ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts along with an announcement welcoming Mr. Aaron Hill, Marist’s incoming director of inclusion and diversity.
  • Progress Update on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Marist School

    Marist School is pleased to share a progress update on our ongoing work surrounding Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. The update covers the various and most recent action steps we have devoted ourselves to in order to foster the inclusive, welcoming, and anti-racist school community our Catholic faith and Marist values call us to have. These steps, focused on the work we have done in the last 18 months, build upon and enhance the significant programming that has been in place at Marist School for many years. 

Marist School

3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30319-1899
(770) 457-7201
An Independent Catholic School of the Marist Fathers and Brothers