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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at SMA

St. Mary’s Academy, guided by the charism of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and Catholic values, is committed to being a diverse community in which all members are safe, respected, valued, and they feel that they belong. Excellence must include promoting a diverse learning environment that affirms diversity, equity and inclusion, and fosters intellectual, social and emotional growth for all.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce Charter & Members

In 2020 the SMA Board of Directors created a Task Force for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This chater is co-chaired by SMA alumna and board member Karis Stoudamire-Phillips, ‘94 and Dr. Da Verne Bell, St. Mary’s Director of Equity and Inclusion. 

St. Mary’s Academy Statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

St. Mary’s Academy, guided by the charism of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and Catholic values, is committed to being a diverse community in which all members are safe, respected, valued, and they feel that they belong. Excellence must include promoting a diverse learning environment that affirms diversity, equity and inclusion, and fosters intellectual, social and emotional growth for all.

Student Groups

UNITE Day | Justice Month

UNITE Day is an annual event at St. Mary’s in which the student body takes a break from lessons to learn from their peers about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Workshop presenters take on an issue, compile extensive research and build a workshop for their peers. UNITE Day feature workshops discussing issues from redlining, environmental justice, medical racism, intersectional feminism and more! The diversity of information in these workshops shared in a peer-to-peer exchange creates a one of a kind space for students to learn and connect.  

Affinity Groups

St. Mary's is home to over clubs Clubs are a great way to find community and discover your passion at SMA.

Arab Student Union
Asian Pacific Islander Club
Black Student Union
Immigrant Student Union
Jewish Student Union
Latina Student Union
Muslim Student Association
Queer Student Union

Student Equity Team

Student Equity Team tackles systemic change by creating events and fostering opportunities for discussion around equity and inclusion. The student equity team also partners with the Adult Equity Team and Women of Color in Action to insure equity within the SMA community. 

Women of Color in Action Executive Council (WOCA)

Women of Color in Action Executive Council (WOCA EC) works to foster an understanding of racial justice and equity throughout the SMA community from the perspective of students of color. WOCA EC promotes togetherness, learning and growth through education, open discussions, mentoring and activities.

Da Verne Bell

Director of Equity and Inclusion
Student Leadership and Activities