Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Key
Since its inception, Key School has encouraged independent thinking and openness to differing ideas and perspectives. We believe that we learn and grow both as individuals and as a school community when students and adults of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and identities develop an understanding of and respect for our commonalities and differences. This is vital to fulfilling Key’s promise to prepare our students for the challenges and responsibilities they will assume within an increasingly connected yet diverse and pluralistic world community.
Therefore, we seek a student body, faculty, staff, administration, and governing board that reflect diversity across a broad spectrum, including race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, family composition, socioeconomic background, political viewpoint, and religion. While we are committed to acknowledging the varied beliefs and values of every individual who is part of our community, our first priority is to the Mission of our School, especially in sustaining an ethical school culture that respects the dignity of every human being.
As we approach the holiday in which we honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we should pause and reflect as a community. Dr. King once said “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Consider the courage that he demonstrated, when his message was unpopular and unfamiliar. In a community like ours, we have an amazing opportunity and an obligation to use our voices to advance issues that impact those around us.
Dr. King would have been 91 years old on January 15, 2020. In his short life, his impact shaped the way we think about freedom and resistance. As you consider ways to honor Dr. King’s legacy, remember his commitment to service and justice.
Here is a listing of celebrations happening this weekend and Monday, as well as ongoing community service projects, that my colleagues on Key’s Administrative Team and I hope you will find of interest.
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Key 5th grader, Aurelia Mapp has been named as one of only 26 awardees as part of the 2019 World Artists' Experiences (WAE) Writing Project.
We were honored to welcome Dr. David Fakunle and Mama Deborah Pierce-Fakunle of Discover Me: Recover Me to campus today to share the traditions of African and African-American drumming and storytelling as part of our celebration of Black History Month.
Key School hosted, for the first time, the AIMS Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference (BSDLC) in November, welcoming over 400 students and faculty...
The Arabic language program at Key has grown from its beginnings in 2011 as an Upper School activity with a handful of students to a very popular language option now offering Arabic I, II and III.
After a three-month, in-depth unit on Africa and African-Americans, the 3rd graders celebrated with their second annual Africa/African American Museum Presentation.
A delegation of five students and two faculty represented Key at the 2017 People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference from November 30-December 2 in Anaheim, CA.
Key 6th grader, Aliya Peremel's poetry submission, "Change," has been selected for publication in the 2017 World Artists' Experiences Anthology, Building a More Peaceful World Through Kindness and Compassion.
Students involved with the Upper School Not Straight Affinity Activity traveled to the Green Acres School in Bethesda, MD to present on gender stereotypes for students in grades 5-8 as part of Green Acres' annual "Day of Action."
A delegation of thirteen seventh grade students represented Key at the 2017 Metro DC-MD-VA Middle School Diversity Conference, hosted by Sandy Spring Friends School.
To celebrate Black History Month, the Key School Middle Schoolers participated in the third annual African- American Read-In, a community event organized by the National Council of the Teachers of English to honor African American authors, artists, scientists, and mathematicians.
A contingent of seven Upper School student leaders and two faculty members represented Key this month at the Diversity in the DMV conference, hosted and coordinated by The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, MD.
The theme for this year's Upper School Diversity Day was "A Seat at the Table," with conversations centering around the topics of inclusion and allyship.