A coeducational day school serving students JK-12

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at Latin School of Chicago enable us to fulfill an important element of our strategic plan, which commits us to “...cultivate a more inclusive and supportive climate for all constituents.” These efforts also further our expressed desire to ensure that all students and faculty, particularly those historically underrepresented, use their voices and thrive.

Latin is committed to fostering a school and classroom culture, and a curriculum that supports these goals. In practice, that means presenting students with authentic windows and mirrors, a variety of perspectives and meaningful, immersive experiences that allow them to understand themselves, others and the world around them.

We affirm our priority to be an inclusive community as an expression of our values and as vital to attracting students, faculty and staff from all backgrounds who will enrich our pursuit of educational excellence.

- Latin Strategic Plan

 

Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mission Statement

Provide ongoing support of and structure over diversity/equity/inclusivity work including programs for all students, faculty, and staff, particularly those who are historically underrepresented, and educate and partner with parents and the larger community in an effort to advance a more inclusive environment


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Action at Latin

Affinity groups, clubs and organizations

  • Middle and upper schools (Alternatives Club (middle school), middle school Students of Color, Asian Student Alliance, Black Student Union, Latin American Student Organization, Multicultural Student Coalition, Gender and Sexual Minority Group, Young Women of Color, Latin Alliance for Women (MS & US), Jewish Student Connection, Latin Islamic Club)

  • Parents of Students of Color Gatherings

  • White Anti-Racism Affinity Group (Latin and Parker faculty and staff)

  • Faculty and Staff of Color Affinity Group

  • Faculty and Staff LGBTQ Affinity Group

  • Future Latin Leaders of the World (FLLOW) - lower school ASR

  • Student Diversity and Equity Committee in upper school

Curriculum

DEI Roles and Committees

  • Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (comprised of faculty, staff, administration, parents and board members)

  • Advocate for Students of Color, JK-12 (also the Chair of Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)

  • Associate Director of Enrollment Management for Diversity and Inclusion role

  • Diversity Coordinators in lower, middle and upper school divisions and for staff

  • Alumni of Color Committee and activities

Parent Education

  • Parents Learning Together Series

  • SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) for parents

Professional Development for Faculty, Staff and Administration

  • NAIS People of Color Conference

  • Wildwood Multicultural Leadership Institute

  • White Privilege Conference

  • ASCD Equity Conference

  • Work with Latin’s Diversity Consultant, Dr. Derrick Gay

  • DEI trainings with DEI experts : Debby Irving, Rosetta Lee

  • SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) for faculty and staff

  • Multicultural Learning Opportunities (MLOs) in division meetings

Programming

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration (workshops and speakers, Peace March, Day of Service)

  • Lower School Assemblies

Student attendance at SDLC (Student Diversity Leadership Conference)


 

Our Students and Community

Latin School intentionally seeks to admit students and families of various identities and backgrounds, working to integrate them into the vibrant culture of the school. Our rigorous, inclusive core curriculum and extra-curricular programs prepare the school's diverse students for a highly competitive, global education. Students also regularly participate in community service, which nurtures leadership and character growth.

38% identify as students of color 2019-20

45%
Lower School
JK-fourth grade

32%
Middle School
fifth-eighth grade

36%
Upper School
ninth-twelfth grade


 

Our Faculty & Staff

Latin creates a highly talented, heterogeneous team of faculty, administrators, and staff by working to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention and promotion of these individuals. Latin also is dedicated to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of school life. Currently, across all three divisions, 22 percent of Latin employees and 37 percent of students self-identify as being people of color.

23 percent
faculty members who identify as faculty of color

 

Latin’s Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Chair: Eleannor Maajid, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Head of School - Randall Dunn
  • Divisional Directors - Julie Brooks (lower school), Deb Sampey (middle school), and Kirk Greer (upper school)
  • Divisional Diversity Coordinators - Kasey Taylor and Paul France  (lower school), Jen Nabers and Richard Dickinson (middle school) and Kate Lorber-Crittenden (upper school)
  • Upper school Dean of Community Learning - Suzanne Callis
  • Staff Diversity Coordinator - Teresa Sutter
  • Director of Studies - Jed Silverstein
  • Director of Communications - Katie O’Dea
  • Director of Enrollment Management - Mark Copestake
  • Associate Director of Enrollment Management for Diversity and Inclusion - Angelica Flores
  • Director of Uptown Partnership/Community Engagement - Sarah Bunger
  • Director of Academic Initiatives - Ingrid Dorer Fitzpatrick
  • Director of Athletics - Sonny Lim
  • Faculty Council Representative - Manju Durairaj
  • Director of Human Resources- Susan Bolon
  • Parent Association President - Sunhee Lee
  • Parent Association DEI Liaison - Felicia Clotworthy
  • Board Member - Randy Mehrberg