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.
Diversity At Latin School of Chicago, diversity is defined as the wide range of human characteristics and identities--both individual and group--that inform an individual’s lived experience. We believe that there is inherent value in the perspectives, ideas, and ways of being that are embodied in a diverse school community.
EquityAt Latin School of Chicago, equity aims to ensure that each individual has access to our resources and support according to their needs. We strive to empower community members on their paths to success. We acknowledge that paths to success will vary with each individual and we commit to creating opportunities for all members for all the community to thrive. In short, equity aims to operationalize equality by differentiating support based on the needs of each unique individual.
Inclusion At Latin School of Chicago, inclusion is defined as actively creating and sustaining an environment of respect in which all members of the community feel accepted, affirmed, empowered and safe. We agree that creating such an environment is a shared responsibility of all community members.
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
Webinar: White Fragility with Dr. Robin DiAngelo
Latin School of Chicago is a sponsor of the Family Action Network an educational speaker series. One of the most recent virtual speaker presentations, White Fragility with Dr. Robin DiAngelo interviewed by Marcus Campbell, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent/Principal at Evanston Township High School, attracted nearly 8,500 people from around the world. In case you missed the live webinar, it was recorded and is available for viewing.
Latin School of Chicago was honored to host The Legacy Wall, a one-of-a-kind traveling exhibit from the Legacy Project that celebrates the lives and contributions of LGBTQ+ people throughout history.
Eleannor Maajid’s office is never empty. As Latin’s Advocate for Students of Color for the last five years, she created a welcoming space for teachers, staff and students to come for support and counsel. In her new role as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), her office remains as busy as ever, but the impact of her work is felt far beyond those four walls.
On Wednesday, January 22, students in grades JK-12 celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy with more than 80 workshops and activities. Visiting authors, crafters, journalists, activists and artists in addition to Latin's faculty and staff engaged in topics ranging from school segregation to healthcare to gender bias to the role of the electoral college.
Our children have learned by taking action, one step at a time, each of our acts leads to a greater impact on our world. Here is just a highlight of taking action in the lower school.
International Women and Girls in Science Day was on February 11, but thanks to Latin's Women in STEM club, upper school students celebrated all week long.
In January, our lower school students learned that there is no age limit when it comes to making a difference.
Head of School Randall Dunn shared with first graders how he took action to promote school spirit. The students left the interview inspired to ask, "How can we make a difference at Latin?" View the photos.
The fourth grade class has been inspired by this year's theme of "Action." They have been learning about how to take action and acts of kindness.
"Why is peace important?" "How can I be a peacemaker?" "What is my role as a peacemaker in my communities?" These were some of the questions lower school students asked themselves during their peace units throughout the month of January.
Latin's Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion middle school representative, Jeff Nichols, sat down with LAW leaders and faculty members, Jennifer Nabers and Elissabeth Legendre, for an interview about how they are connecting middle school female students with upper school female mentors through LAW.
Inspired by Future Latin Leaders of Our World (FLLOW) for the third and fourth graders, FLLOW JR was recently created for our younger leaders in first and second grades.
¡Celebramos el día de los muertos!
This year, the middle school Spanish classes' Day of the Dead altar honored Latin's first student, Huntington Blatchford, and first female student, Josephine Wilkins. Check out the display!
As part of the ninth grade Global Studies class, students learn about the concepts of hierarchy, network and culture, and how those concepts shaped human history.
From September 15 - October 15, the Latin community celebrated Hispanic heritage month in many different ways!
If still alive on January 15, 2019, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 90 years old. His life and work has had a huge impact on our country and our world. This year our school’s theme is "action" and the theme for our MLK day workshops and speaker was "collective action."
Honoring the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with "Courageous Leadership: Becoming Agents of Change"
On January 16, our Martin Luther King, Jr. speaker, Donovan Livingston, performed his powerful spoken word poetry and encouraged students to be "courageous leaders."
Latin honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Throughout the MLK holiday weekend, students participated in several events to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our lower school held the annual MLK Day assembly on January 12 where SKers shared handwritten messages of ways to change the world during their silent peace march, JK serenaded us with a song about peace and fourth graders created a "pep talk" video on how to make the world a better place. Spanish teacher Kasey Taylor also shared a personal story about when Martin Luther King's sister, author Christine King Farris, visited Latin and the impact that it had on her.
The middle school Kids Supporting Kids club members woke up extra early last week to collect items for the toiletry drive. It was well worth it as they received lots of donations! Sixth grade, along with their second grade buddies, sorted and packaged the toiletries into gift bags. The gift bags were given to the diners of the Uptown Baptist Soup Kitchen meal, prepared and served by US students, teachers and community volunteers. The gospel choir also performed for the guests.
On January 17, our Martin Luther King, Jr. speaker, Shaka Senghor, shared his story of redemption, second chances and forgiveness with MS and US students as well as parents. His memoir, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison, a New York Times Bestseller, details his 19-year incarceration and how he was able to turn his life into a success story. At the speaking event, he enforced his belief that human beings at the core are redeemable and someone's past shouldn't dictate how that person will live their future.
MLK Speaker: Shaka Senghor
Latin's Diversity Council, in conjunction with LIFE (Latin's Initiative for Ethics), is pleased to welcome Shaka Senghor as our school's 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Speaker.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
*There will be a book signing starting at 5:30 p.m.
Shaka Senghor is a leading voice in criminal justice reform and the president and co-founder of #BeyondPrisons, an initiative designed to uplift the voices and experiences of those impacted by the criminal justice system. His memoir, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison is a tale of forgiveness and second chances. Senghor was featured in Ava DuVernay's film 13th, a documentary on mass incarceration in the United States.
LIFE has hosted a few screenings of the film for students and Parents Learning Together Series has screened it for parents this year.
During the weeks surrounding Martin Luther King Jr. Day all segments of the Latin community reflected on his teachings and words. Whether through books, discussions, activities or community engagement efforts, students in JK - 12, their teachers and their families, were part of the school wide conversation.Learn more about 2016 Martin Luther King Speaker
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.
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.
faculty members who identify as faculty of color
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.
- Chair: Eleannor Maajid, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Head of School - Randall Dunn
- Assistant Head of School - Shelley Greenwood
- Divisional Directors - Julie Brooks (lower school), Deb Sampey (middle school), and Kirk Greer (upper school)
- Divisional Diversity Coordinators - Kasey Taylor (lower school), Jen Nabers (middle school) and Kate Lorber-Crittenden (upper school)
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Upper School Curriculum Coordinator - Brandon Woods
- Board Member - Ron Seymore
- Director of Academic Initiatives - Ingrid Dorer Fitzpatrick
- Director of Athletics - Sonny Lim
- Director of Communications - Katie O’Dea
- Director of Enrollment Management - Mark Copestake
- Director of Human Resources- Susan Bolon
- Director of Uptown Partnership/Community Engagement - Sarah Bunger
- Faculty Council Representative - Nichol Hooker
- Parent Association DEI Liaison - Felicia Clotworthy
- Parent Association President - Nancy Dwyer
- Upper School Dean of Community Learning - Suzanne Callis