Student Life_Diversity

Inclusivity and Non-Discrimination Statement

In keeping with our mission statement, Connelly School of the Holy Child is an accepting community composed of students, staff, and families of different faiths and diverse backgrounds, and is dedicated to equity and inclusion. The school embraces the uniqueness of all students, families, and staff who both enrich and promote diversity and justice for all of their members.

At Holy Child, our students and families represent a wide spectrum of cultures, identities, and backgrounds. This diversity allows our students, faculty, and community members to better understand and respect different experiences and makes us smarter, wiser, and better able to fulfill our vision of graduating students who go forth to shape a better world.

Connelly School of the Holy Child is an anti-racist community and rejects all forms of racism and discrimination as a contradiction to our mission, vision, values, and goals. Our community is actively working to recognize, address, and eradicate all forms of racism and discrimination. Holy Child’s Board of Trustees, administrators, alumnae, parents, students, faculty, and staff are collaborating to end racial bias and any other form of discrimination and to empower our students.

As we seek to provide the opportunity for a Holy Child education to a diverse group of young women, we are also aware that this purpose can only be accomplished by deep commitment to inclusivity, equity, and diversity on our campus. We acknowledge that learning occurs best in a safe, secure, and stimulating environment.

Faculty and staff seek opportunities and channels to increase an intellectually challenging, brave space for dialogue, and a creative program of study that develops love for learning and academic excellence. These opportunities also support diversity and respect among all people.

In spirit, “a Holy Child student, teacher, administrator, or parent will always act with respect, courtesy, and honesty. Prejudice based on race, ethnicity, economic status, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs will not be tolerated. We recognize that Holy Child´s community is one full of compassion and care, and any act that deprives any other community member of that compassion and care is a violation of the Honor Code.” (Holy Child Honor Code)

Diversity Conversations

Faculty and staff seek opportunities and channels to increase an intellectually challenging and creative program of study that develops love for learning and academic excellence, and that supports diversity and respect among all people. The Holy Child mission is furthered when each teacher educates every student as an individual, recognizing and developing her unique talents, skills, personality and learning strengths.

 

Student Diversity Committee Learning Opportunities 

Student Diversity Advisor: Karen Craig, Upper School History Teacher

  • Leadership Camp, AIMS
  • Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference, AIMS
  • NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference, Seattle, Washington
  • Middle School Diversity Conference at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School
  • GLEAN Conference, Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School

Diversity Team

  • Ogechi Akalegbere - Christian Service Coordinator
  • Karen Craig - Upper School History Teacher
  • Ben Hatton - Upper School History Teacher
  • Alice Mercer - 11th and 12th Grade Counselor

Faculty and Staff Diversity Committee

  • Ogechi Akalegbere – Christian Service Coordinator
  • Nichole Batluck – Librarian
  • Andrea Castelluccio – Upper School Spanish Teacher
  • Chip Comstock – Upper School Math Teacher
  • Karen Craig – Upper School History Teacher
  • Lindsay Davis – Director of School Counseling and 9th & 10th Grade Counselor
  • Cynthia Dillard – Music Teacher
  • Ben Hatton – Upper School History Teacher
  • Nawil Jama – Upper School Math Teacher
  • Adam Lewin – Upper School Social Studies Teacher
  • Kevin Melendez – Technology Help Desk
  • Alice Mercer - 11th and 12th Grade Counselor
  • Sonya Payne – Upper School Art Teacher

Our health, philosophy, world religions, international program, and service-learning curricula embrace the multicultural and economic reality of our community, society, and world by considering and understanding our global interconnectedness and the ensuing need for social justice, constant striving for peace, equity, and service to others.

Student Life Staff

Jackie McCarthy
Dean of Students
301.365.0955 x2114

Lindsay Davis
Director of Counseling
9th and 10th Grade Counselor
301.365.0955

Alice Mercer
11th and 12th Grade Counselor
301.365.0955 x2228

Cece Garner '15
Middle School Counselor
301.365.0955

Jennie Claiborne
Head of Diversity
301.365.0955

Catherine Albornoz '98
Head of Mission
Campus Minister
301.365.0955 x2223

Ogechi Akalegbere
Christian Service Coordinator
301.365.0955 x2321