Letter to the St. Mary’s Academy community
August 28, 2015
To the St. Mary’s Academy community:
St. Mary’s is a diverse community that welcomes all students, faculty, alumnae, parents and friends.
We now recognize that our decision to rescind the job offer to Ms. Brown after we learned of her intent to enter into a same-sex marriage did not reflect St. Mary’s mission and beliefs.
Effective the evening of Wednesday, August 26, the board voted unanimously to change our employment policies to be inclusive of all individuals, bringing our employment policies in line with our values. That policy is included below.
Today we met with Bishop Peter Smith of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon at a mutually agreed upon location. A joint statement from St. Mary’s Academy and the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon follows:
“The Archdiocese and St. Mary’s Academy are in discussion regarding the recent policy change by the Board of Directors and committed to continued conversation.”
This has been a difficult period for our community and we are committed to healing and to moving forward with transparency.
We are proud of our work preparing the next generation of women leaders for service and leadership. We remain deeply committed to our Catholic identity.
President, St. Mary’s Academy
St. Mary’s Academy Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
St. Mary's Academy does not discriminate against any person because of age, gender, color, race, national origin, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other class protected by law. St. Mary's Academy will make efforts to ensure that employees and applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of the characteristics mentioned above in terms or conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, classification, compensation, promotion, training, termination or any other employment decisions.