Equity and Inclusion
Equity and inclusion are at the very center of all that we do here at Maret. Over the years, our work has expanded in both breadth and depth as we constantly re-evaluate what it means to be conscientious equity practitioners. We believe that, while imperfect and sometimes stumbling, we must remain on the path toward building a stronger community and, ultimately, a better world. See below for more details on our ongoing initiatives promoting dialogue and self-reflection, which are essential to a healthy campus.
Over the past decade, Maret has put in place many programs that further the work of opposing systemic racism. These programs are outlined on this page. However, our efforts still fall short of where we want to be, and there is still much more to do.
Messages to Our Community
Board Committee on Education and Equity
Committee on Equity and Inclusion (CEI)
Ending Anti-Asian Violence
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, people who identify as Asian American or Pacific Islander have been the targets of racist comments and actions. A recent uptick in violence this winter and the shootings in Atlanta underscore the urgency of disrupting and addressing hate and bias. Click on the links below to find resources for ending anti-Asian violence:
The PBS television series "Asian Americans" premiered during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May 2020 and chronicles the Asian American story in the United States. Told through individual lives and personal histories, "Asian Americans" explores the impact of this group on the country’s past, present, and future.
Maret Community Snapshot
- 37% of the faculty self-identify as people of color
- 25% of enrolled families receive financial aid
- Maret families hail from 57 different nations
- 62% of our students reside in DC, 29% in Maryland, and 9% in Virginia
- 51% of our students self-identify as people of color
Co-sponsored by Diversity at Maret students and the Maret Parents Association Diversity Committee, the Mixed Forum generates discussion about compelling topics among Upper School students, parents, and faculty from all division.
Upper School Day of Dialogue
Maret’s annual Upper School Day of Dialogue is an opportunity for students and faculty to engage as a community around issues of identity and equity through presentations and workshops. These conversations are central to our Mission and critical for students’ personal growth.
Lower School Culture Club
Each session of the Culture Club is taught by Maret parent volunteers who represent a variety of cultures and who share their personal stories and traditions. Students enjoy food, games, music, dance, crafts, and other activities to celebrate each culture.