As we reflect on our past and plan for our future, it is imperative that we acknowledge the critical role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do.

To the Greenhills Community:

A strategic plan for Greenhills School must include coordinated and sustained action steps to advance equity and inclusion at Greenhills and build upon the previous work of many individuals in our community. Leading our efforts is the Office and Diversity and Inclusion, the work of which has included the facilitation of professional development and the coordination of compelling speakers, student and faculty participation at the NAIS People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference, and the establishment of faculty-supported student affinity groups, which provide a majority experience for students who are often in the minority at school. Concurrently, parents of those students have met together and with the Head of School and administration. In the past year Greenhills hosted anti-bias training for independent schools in Michigan with facilitators from  Nemnet Minority Recruitment and sent members of our administrative team to specific hiring conferences with a focus on supporting and hiring educators from marginalized communities. These are but a handful of examples of the work we have done and must build upon.

Every year Greenhills has committed to equity and inclusion, and every year we have taken stock of our failures and successes. One of our failures has been to not make any of that visible to the greater community, particularly to our alumni. Part of our strategic plan will undoubtedly involve regular communication about the work we are doing and the progress we are making.

In addition to updating our community, we need to do more to effect a cohesive, mission-driven vision for equity and inclusion. We begin this first phase by acknowledging that structural racial inequality is built into our nation; as an educational institution valuing diversity and equity we must educate all members of our community of this history of racial injustice, and enlist them in the work of dismantling systems of oppression in our school and communities. As the scholar and author Michelle Alexander recently wrote, “We must face our racial history and our racial present. We cannot solve a problem we do not understand.”

Thank you for joining us in this partnership.

Peter B. Fayroian Head of School
(He/Him/His)

OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Mission: The promotion of diversity is essential to the ethos and practices of Greenhills School. We believe that people from all races, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds, genders, abilities, religions, and sexualities are sources of strength that enrich teaching and learning. We strive to build a diverse learning community by actively valuing individual experiences, ideas, and talents.

Leadership

Nadine Hall Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Teacher
(She/Her/Hers)
Kelly Williams Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Teacher
(She/Her/Hers)

INCLUSION COUNCIL

The Inclusion Council will offer grounded perspectives on how inclusion, diversity and equity—inherent in the relationships, practices, and activities of students, staff and faculty—are playing out at Greenhills. The members of the council will advise the director of diversity and inclusion and the head of school on what’s working well and how the school can improve. Over the coming months, the Council will set priorities and develop a communications plan to articulate its implementation and progress.

Membership
At this time, the membership of the Inclusion Council includes faculty members and administrates from across the various arenas of school life. It’s important that the membership of the council includes perspectives from multiple stakeholders and reflects voices from all departments and divisions. Eventually, we will look to include students and alumni in this group.

  • Charles Dershimer, Science Department Chair
  • Neil Donato, Fine and Performing Arts Chair
  • Danielle Ellis, English Teacher
  • Eric Gajar, Assistant Director of Admission, Math Teacher
  • Jenniffer Gray, Spanish Teacher
  • Marissa Green, Director of Information Technology Services
  • Peggy Hubbard, English Teacher
  • Karin Scott, 6th Grade Team Leader, Social Studies Teacher
  • Deano Smith, Dean of Academics, Science Teacher
  • Tom Ward, Dean of Students, Math Teacher
  • Kelly Williams, Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion, English Teacher
  • Caroline Huntoon, Head of Middle School, Co-Chair/Agenda Officer
  • Quincy McLaughlin, Associate Head of School, Co-Chair/Agenda Officer
  • Peter Fayroian, Head of School, Ex Officio
  • Nadine Hall, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Ex Officio

BUILDING A PLAN & FRAMEWORK FOR ENGAGEMENT

Greenhills seeks to foreground how diversity, equity, and inclusion impact all areas of our school. This ongoing action plan, which requires us to identify goals, action steps, and methods of measurement and accountability, is backed by the Head of School and the Board of Trustees; built by the Inclusion Council; and carried out by the entire Greenhills community.

Areas of Focus

The Head of School and Inclusion Council have identified five areas that will serve as initial focal points as we develop our path forward. These areas inform and connect with each other in important ways.

  1. School Climate and Feedback

    Our School’s mission, which puts students at the center of our work and reinforces our commitment to creating a respectful community that celebrates differences, requires that we support all of our students as they grow into new versions of themselves. We seek to ensure cultural competence and anti-racist culture among trustees, faculty and staff, and students through continued training; and to promote accountability around community behavior and values. We will develop and communicate a clear protocol for reporting and responding to bias incidents.

    Inclusion Council Subcommittee Members: Marissa Green, Quincy McLaughlin, Tom Ward, Kelly Williams


  2. Faculty & Student Recruitment and Retention

    We must actively cultivate a diverse community—within our faculty and staff and our student population. This requires that we recruit, support, and retain faculty, staff, and students who identify with historically under-represented groups. To maintain a diverse and inclusive community, we will actively promote a culture that encourages honest and sincere communication and reflection, and the ability to participate in dialogues around complicated topics. We will continue to expand our hiring network.

    Inclusion Council Subcommittee Members: Charles Dershimer, Eric Gajar, Marissa Green, Quincy McLaughlin


  3. Academics and Curriculum

    At the core of our work at Greenhills is our academic program. It is critical that we form a curricular backbone that supports Greenhills’ commitment to inclusion and combating racism. This requires us to audit our courses and implement plans for curricular and pedagogical changes that promote culturally responsive teaching and reality pedagogy, with a focus on decentering whiteness, promoting social justice, and espousing anti-racism in order to cultivate belonging for all students. Faculty will create regular opportunities for class-specific feedback that validates student experiences and allows for real-time instructional revision.

    Inclusion Council Subcommittee Members: Neil Donato, Jenniffer Gray, Peggy Hubbard, Karin Scott, Deano Smith, Kelly Williams


  4. Requirements and Infrastructure

    We know that our work to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion will only be successful if we can effectively shift our school’s foundational systems. To support this work, we will identify key concepts and competencies related to diversity, equity, and inclusion that students must develop over the course of their middle school and upper school experiences, and consider where and how these will be learned and assessed. We also seek to audit our policies and processes to reduce bias and increase accountability and action. Additionally, we will provide educational opportunities to Trustees to support Board leadership in anti-racist action and create a DEI committee on the Board of Trustees.

    Inclusion Council Subcommittee Members: Jenniffer Gray, Peggy Hubbard, Deano Smith, Tom Ward


  5. Engagement and External Facing Offices and Teams

    While we seek to cultivate a particular experience within Greenhills School, we know that we are ultimately preparing our students to enter a wider world. The school needs to consider how it engages with our external community and integrates school values around diversity, equity, and inclusion into all of those interactions. Alumni and families play a critical role in supporting our community, and we will make space for their engagement with our work.

    Inclusion Council Subcommittee Members: Danielle Ellis, Eric Gajar, Caroline Huntoon, Quincy McLaughlin


ACCOUNTABILITY

We recognize the urgent need to develop and enact a plan around diversity, equity, and inclusion. In order for this work to be effective, we must design a plan that allows for sustainable, long-lasting change. We look to our entire community to join us in this work and to hold us accountable. Here is what you should expect from us:

Regular Progress Updates

We will keep you informed of our work. The Council will write and share regular reports with the full Greenhills community and make them available here.

Opportunities for Engagement

We will ask for community feedback. We will also reach out with specific opportunities for current students, alumni, and parents to engage with this work as members of committees—such as an alumni advisory group—and for individuals to connect in groups related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Sharing Our Vision

Our ongoing plans and goals will be visible to the full Greenhills community as we deepen and further define our commitments and share details of our progress, and we invite you all to continue to engage in this work with us.

ADVANCING DEI AT GREENHILLSNovember 2021 Update

This report has been prepared by the Greenhills School Inclusion Council. The Inclusion Council was created in the summer of 2020 to advise the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Head of School on what’s working well and how the School can improve, to review where we’ve been and where we’re going, and to ensure the school becomes a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive place.


2021-2022
In the summer, we outlined our work for the coming school year. Here are updates on our progress in those areas thus far.

Inclusion Council Membership & PurposeThis year we shift the Inclusion Council from a task-oriented group to focus on the larger systems, practices, and ways of being that allow racism and prejudice to endure. The Council’s main goal each year will be to generate an annual progress report on the school’s DEI work and engage in reflection with the Head of School and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as we seek to develop accountability mechanisms.

November 2021 Update
The Inclusion Council met in October to consider how to gather information and generate our annual progress report.

Community SurveyIn conjunction with our ISACS self-study, we will conduct a survey that focuses on our DEI work.

November 2021 Update
We are finalizing the timeline for the rollout of this survey, in conjunction with our ISACS accreditation.

Student FeedbackIn addition to our community survey, the Head of School, Associate Head of School/Head of Upper School, and Head of Middle School will attend affinity group meetings (by invitation) to invite conversation and feedback.

November 2021 Update
The Head of School, Associate Head of School/Head of Upper School, and Head of Middle School are all working to schedule times to visit affinity groups by the end of the calendar year.

Alumni OutreachAs a relatively young school, our systems for connecting with alumni have room for growth. As we work to build structures for all alumni to engage with the school, we will continue to make space for our diverse population to connect with one another and with the work we are currently doing at the School. This may include developing alumni affinity groups and/or inviting alumni to connect with students in assemblies or at group meetings.

November 2021 Update
As we seek to identify our next Director of Alumni Relations, who is retiring at the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year, we will certainly lean on our desire to build structures for alumni outreach that center DEI.

Training for Faculty and Board of TrusteesThe Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Head of School will identify and implement key training sessions and additional professional development opportunities. We will continue with our annual slate of internal training for faculty and staff, and attendance at national conferences, including the People of Color Conference (PoCC) of the National Association of Independent Schools.

November 2021 Update
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Head of School are working on this action step.

Roll Out Bias Response ProtocolAfter we developed our bias response protocol in 2020-2021, we brought it to student affinity groups for feedback and revision. The Student Support Team will work to integrate the protocol into life at Greenhills in the 2021-2022 academic year. This will include accessible pathways for reporting, training faculty, and creating and maintaining a Bias Response Team and Advisory Committee.

November 2021 Update
Our bias response protocol is in place. We continue to reflect on effective ways to interrupt bias and guide students to shift harmful behavior.

Develop DEI Requirements within the Context of Student CompetenciesIn order to integrate DEI more fully into our school programming, we will add a set of core requirements to our curriculum. This school year we plan to identify core competencies, assess what is already happening at the school, and seek out what is in place in other independent schools and other local education communities.

November 2021 Update
The Inclusion Council recommended that this idea be brought to the Department Chairs for consideration. The Dean of Academics is planning to gather feedback from that group at an upcoming meeting.

Continue to Create and Support our Diverse and Inclusive CommunityThis includes continuing to strengthen recruiting, supporting, and retaining a diverse and talented teaching staff, as well as recruiting, supporting, and retaining a diverse student body, by establishing clear systems for support, particularly for faculty and students who are new to our community, and ways to collect and review annual data (exit interviews, surveys).

November 2021 Update
As we begin our 2022-2023 application process and employee hiring season, we are incorporating reflection around DEI.

CommunicationThe Inclusion Council will publish a progress report and reflection in the summer of 2022. External facing offices will continue to integrate the School’s work with DEI into their communications with the broader community.

November 2021 Update
Nothing to report at this time.


2022-2023
Implementing InitiativesThis year we will focus on ensuring that our commitment to diversity and inclusivity is integrated throughout the community and the curriculum, within our classrooms and throughout our school programming. This will include:

  • More visible integration of DEI into our curriculum
  • Creating space for alumni engagement
  • Focus on enhancing equitable access at every entry point for students to ensure students can experience all elements of Greenhills
  • Establishing accountability mechanisms and ways to demonstrate progress and enable the community to see our work in action

A Path Forward (July 2021 Report)

This report has been prepared by the Greenhills School Inclusion Council. The Inclusion Council was created in the summer of 2020 to advise the Director of Diversity and Inclusion and the Head of School on what’s working well and how the School can improve, to review where we’ve been and where we’re going, and to ensure the school becomes a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive place.

Greenhills is committed to continuously building and improving our school where everyone engages in the work of diversity and inclusion within all aspects of school life: where we proactively design and deliver an equitable and inclusive learning environment that includes continuing to learn and grow in the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and honors the diverse identities of all of our students.


2020-2021
Completed and In ProgressIn the 2020-2021 academic year, the Inclusion Council met regularly and took on several tasks that could be addressed immediately within the school community including:

  • Designing a bias response protocol
  • Determining an instrument for a community survey and developing a timeline for implementation
  • Enhancing outreach and revising practices in admissions
  • Incorporating DEI-specific reflections into our new faculty evaluation tool
  • Partnering with the Office to Diversity and Inclusion to build a protocol for students to formally or informally change their name and/pronouns at school
  • Facilitating the addition of honorifics and pronouns on GryphOn and greenhillsschool.org
  • Communicating quarterly about the School’s DEI work

2021-2022
In this next school year we will continue our work of advancing and amplifying our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, through persistent attention to and enhancements in the areas of program, policy, practices, and professional development.

Inclusion Council Membership & PurposeThis year we shift the Inclusion Council from a task-oriented group to focus on the larger systems, practices, and ways of being that allow racism and prejudice to endure. The Council’s main goal each year will be to generate an annual progress report on the school’s DEI work and engage in reflection with the Head of School and Director of Diversity and Inclusion as we seek to develop accountability mechanisms.

Community SurveyIn conjunction with our ISACS self-study, we will be utilizing the Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM) developed by the National Association of Independent Schools.

Student FeedbackIn addition to our community survey, the Head of School, Associate Head of School/Head of Upper School, and Head of Middle School will attend affinity group meetings (by invitation) to invite conversation and feedback.

Alumni OutreachAs a relatively young school, our systems for connecting with alumni have room for growth. As we work to build structures for all alumni to engage with the school, we will continue to make space for our diverse population to connect with one another and with the work we are currently doing at the School. This may include developing alumni affinity groups and/or inviting alumni to connect with students in assemblies or at group meetings.

Training for Faculty and Board of TrusteesThe Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Head of School will identify and implement key training sessions and additional professional development opportunities. We will continue with our annual slate of internal training for faculty and staff, and attendance at national conferences, including the People of Color Conference (PoCC) of the National Association of Independent Schools.

Roll Out Bias Response Protocol After we developed our bias response protocol in 2020-2021, we brought it to student affinity groups for feedback and revision. The Student Support Team will work to integrate the protocol into life at Greenhills in the 2021-2022 academic year. This will include accessible pathways for reporting, training faculty, and creating and maintaining a Bias Response Team and Advisory Committee.

Develop DEI Requirements within the Context of Student CompetenciesIn order to integrate DEI more fully into our school programming, we will add a set of core requirements to our curriculum. This school year we plan to identify core competencies, assess what is already happening at the school, and seek out what is in place in other independent schools and other local education communities.

Continue to Create and Support our Diverse and Inclusive CommunityThis includes continuing to strengthen recruiting, supporting, and retaining a diverse and talented teaching staff, as well as recruiting, supporting, and retaining a diverse student body, by establishing clear systems for support, particularly for faculty and students who are new to our community, and ways to collect and review annual data (exit interviews, surveys).

CommunicationThe Inclusion Council will publish a progress report and reflection in the summer of 2022. External facing offices will continue to integrate the School’s work with DEI into their communications with the broader community.

Inclusion Council Subcommittees
The Inclusion Council formed subcommittees to delve deeper into the five previously defined areas of focus. Members of those committees include:

School Climate and FeedbackMembers: Marissa Green, Quincy McLaughlin, Tom Ward, Kelly Williams

Faculty & Student Recruitment and RetentionMembers: Charles Dershimer, Eric Gajar, Marissa Green, Quincy McLaughlin

Academics and CurriculumMembers: Neil Donato, Jenniffer Gray, Peggy Hubbard, Karin Scott, Deano Smith, Kelly Williams

Requirements and InfrastructureMembers: Jenniffer Gray, Peggy Hubbard, Deano Smith, Tom Ward

Engagement and External Facing Offices and TeamsMembers: Danielle Ellis, Eric Gajar, Caroline Huntoon, Quincy McLaughlin

First Wave Recommendations
Throughout the fall, all five subcommittees met regularly and collected information from across the school to assess the current strengths and needs of Greenhills with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The full Inclusion Council met three times to share out about subcommittee findings and determine goals for the coming year. In early October, the Inclusion Council presented a series of first wave recommendations to Head of School Peter Fayroian and Director of Diversity and Inclusion Nadine Hall for review. Those recommendations have been reviewed and accepted by the Head of School and the Director of Diversity, with a target completion date of January 2021. They are:

Bias Response
Implement a new bias response process with specific, clear, and multi-modal procedures that validate the experiences of students.

Climate Survey
Determine the best instrument for surveying our community and thoughtfully develop a timeline for implementation. Specifically, consider timing in conjunction with COVID-19 and our ISACS accreditation timeline.

Faculty Reflection
Incorporate the following questions into the faculty portfolio assessment tool to allow for regular self-reflection and adjustment within our teaching practices:

  • What professional development opportunities and/or readings have I engaged with that relate to antiracism in general or within my subject area in particular?
  • What have I learned this year in relation to diversity, equity, and inclusion that is new to me?
  • What was a missed opportunity where I could have done something differently and what will I do next time?
  • What are two examples of antiracist practices that I have incorporated into my pedagogy/lesson plans/learning activities?
  • What are two examples of actions that I’ve taken that show consideration for marginalized students?
  • How am I helping my students develop equity literacy?
  • What are two examples of decentering whiteness and/or espousing antiracism in my curriculum?
  • What do I have on my classroom walls and/or my Gryphon page that promotes an inclusive environment for students?
  • How are my grading practices equitable?

Regular Communication
In conjunction with the communications team, develop a clear and transparent model for keeping our community informed of our efforts.

Community Engagement
Schedule and plan a Community Chat that focuses on our DEI work. (Note: This event is scheduled for December 14th. Please join us.)

Recruitment and Retention
Compile and catalogue current practices, pathways, training, and systems that support the recruitment and retention of faculty and students of color.

Revise Handbook
Audit and revise the handbook to amplify the school’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist institution.

Director of Admission Search
While searching for the next Director of Admission, continue to explicitly and visibly invite talented applicants from underrepresented populations to intentionally expand our diversity recruitment efforts.

Next Steps
Over the coming months, the Inclusion Council will partner with the Head of School and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to enact these recommendations. Our next progress update in January will include reflections on this first wave of recommendations along with a report of our second wave of recommendations.

Update on Our First Wave Recommendations
Since October, the Inclusion Council has been working to implement the first wave recommendations.

Bias ResponseImplement a new bias response process with specific, clear, and multi-modal procedures that validate the experiences of students.

In-Progress
This sub-committee attended webinars, did research, and developed a draft of language around a process that focuses on transparency around our bias response. Throughout January and February, the Inclusion Council will hold a series of focus groups with students to refine that process and language with a goal to fully implement those procedures by March. We will also update the Student and Family Handbook.

Climate SurveyDetermine the best instrument for surveying our community and thoughtfully develop a timeline for implementation. Specifically, consider timing in conjunction with COVID-19 and our ISACS accreditation timeline.

Completed
This sub-committee determined that Greenhills will use the NAIS Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM) Climate Survey to engage our community in gathering feedback and analyzing that information. We will implement this survey as a part of our ISACS self-study for accreditation in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Faculty ReflectionIncorporate designated questions into the faculty portfolio assessment tool to allow for regular self-reflection and adjustment within our teaching practices.

Completed
The Inclusion Council partnered with the Academic Office to implement these questions in this year’s faculty portfolio assessment tool.

Regular CommunicationIn conjunction with the communications team, develop a clear and transparent model for keeping our community informed of our efforts.

Completed and On-going
The Inclusion Council partnered with the Communications Office to create a proactive plan that keeps our community informed about our work — both day-to-day and big picture. The Greenhills community should expect to see quarterly updates from the Inclusion Council along with an uptick in DEI topics in Greenhills’ communications at large.

Community EngagementSchedule and plan a Community Chat that focuses on our DEI work.

Completed
The Community Chats in December and January were focused on DEI issues.

Our December Community Chat was presented by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and was dedicated to honoring our school’s mission of creating curious, creative, and responsible citizens who will better the world. Greenhills’ commitment to equity and justice involves imagining an inclusive future that celebrates differences while finding common ground. This features a diverse range of student and adult voices from our community describing their vision of the world they want to live in and the world they want for future generations. You can view it here.

Our January Community Chat between Dr. Flanagan and Greenhills School focuses on the ways in which diverse American women have, in the words of the late Congressman John Lewis, made good trouble in efforts to help America live up to its highest potentials. Delores Huerta, Grace Lee Boggs, and Shirley Chisholm were not born into affluence, but the contributions they have made are woven with greatness into the American fabric. As part of this program, Greenhills students are asked to participate in small group activities during February when they will contemplate ways in which they, too, can make good trouble. You can view that Community Chat here.

Recruitment and RetentionCompile and catalogue current practices, pathways, training, and systems that support the recruitment and retention of faculty and students of color.

Completed
Based on the work of this sub-committee, the Inclusion Council is considering future recommendations in this arena and would like to highlight some initiatives for the broader Greenhills community:

    • School Outreach and Practices in Admissions
      • Increased financial aid budget
      • Simplified the application process to make it less overwhelming for families
      • Require implicit bias training for all admission committee members
      • Standardized interview questions and application review process to reduce bias
      • Lengthened admission timeline to increase accessibility
      • Purposeful increased visibility in communities outside of Ann Arbor, particularly Ypsilanti, Canton, and Novi
    • Supporting Students at Greenhills
      • Developed a student laptop program to make sure that students have the resources they need to succeed at our school
      • Continue to set aside dedicated time for affinity groups (so students don’t need to choose between activities/clubs and participating in an affinity group)
    • Actively Building a Faculty and Staff that is Diverse
      • Built a more robust hiring process that centralized DEI and purposefully involves the Office of Inclusion and Diversity
      • Adjust hiring expectations and FTEs to make space for qualified, talented, and interested candidates of color

Revise HandbookAudit and revise the handbook to amplify the school’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist institution.

Completed
This sub-committee has audited and revised our Family Handbook with an eye toward ensuring consistency and highlighting accountability. This update to the handbook will be rolled out during the summer of 2021 in advance of the 2021-2022 school year.

Director of Admission SearchWhile searching for the next director of admission, continue to explicitly and visibly invite talented applicants from underrepresented populations to intentionally expand our diversity recruitment efforts.

Completed
Greenhills selected a search firm with a demonstrated commitment to supporting candidates from underrepresented populations. After a robust search process, Greenhills accomplished this goal and hired its next director of admission and financial aid. Our efforts to expand our diversity recruitment efforts are ongoing.

 


Other Ongoing Initiatives
Changing Names and PronounsThe Office of Diversity and Inclusion has implemented a new system for communicating when a student wishes to change their name and pronouns at school. Additionally, in the coming months there will be required training for all faculty around this subject.

Programming Related to the Events of January 6th, 2021In response to the troubling events that unfolded in the US capitol on January 6th, 2021, we made space for conversations for students and faculty through a series of drop-in Zoom sessions. Additionally, the Greenhills’ faculty sought to bring those events into those classrooms and make space for discussions. Through this programming, we strive to meet our mission of aiding our students’ development into responsible citizens.

Community Day ProgrammingThroughout January and February, we have scheduled five Community Days, which allow students to attend sessions on topics that interest them. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Greenhills affinity groups have developed sessions around white privilege, systemic racism, police reform, and more.

DEI in the CurriculumThe Office of Diversity and Inclusion continues to meet with department chairs to integrate DEI work into every class at Greenhills.

 


Second Wave Recommendations
In January, the Inclusion Council developed a second wave of recommendations with a target implementation timeline of March 2021.

Critical Competencies for All StudentsIdentify the concepts and competencies related to DEI that we feel are critical for all students to have when they graduate from Greenhills. Then work to formalize how they are developed and reinforced through a student’s time at the School.

Training for Faculty and StaffCreate a slate of annual training for faculty and staff that regularly asks us to move forward on our work related to DEI.

DEI in All Offices and TeamsPartner with external facing offices and teams to purposefully incorporate DEI work into their plans, including engaging in professional development around DEI. Schedule times for these teams to meet with the Inclusion Council to advance their work in these arenas.

Expanding Initiatives in the Board of TrusteesIncorporate DEI training into the work of the Board of Trustees and communicate with the community about how the Board of Trustees works to cultivate a membership that is both diverse and moves our DEI work forward.

Pronouns and SalutationsAdd an option for faculty and staff to add pronouns and salutations to profiles on GryphOn and greenhillsschool.org. Develop a set of recommendations around how students can share their pronouns with the larger Greenhills Community.

Since our last update in January, the Inclusion Council met three times as a full group to share sub-committee work around our second wave recommendations, work to revise our third wave recommendations for review and approval by the Head of School and Director of Diversity of Inclusion, and discuss how our work will continue in the coming years.


Update on Our First & Second Wave Recommendations
Since October, the Inclusion Council has been working to implement the first wave recommendations. In January, the Inclusion Council began working to implement the second wave recommendations.

Bias ResponseImplement a new bias response process with specific, clear, and multi-modal procedures that validate the experiences of students.

In-Progress
This sub-committee completed student feedback sessions and made edits to the Bias Reporting Form. We are in the process of building a web page and training resources for students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, we are finalizing the changes to the Family Handbook with relevant information. Finally, we are working with the Student Support Team to make a plan for roll out and identify members of the Bias Response Team to receive submissions and respond.

Critical Competencies for All StudentsIdentify the concepts and competencies related to DEI that we feel are critical for all students to have when they graduate from Greenhills. Then work to formalize how they are developed and reinforced through a student’s time at the School.

In-Progress
This sub-committee performed initial research and proposed a timeline around design and implementation. This is a multi-year project that will involve identifying what already exists, writing and adapting curriculum across divisions and departments, and rolling everything out across all areas of school life.

Training for Faculty and Staff Create a slate of annual training for faculty and staff that regularly asks us to move forward on our work related to DEI.

In-Progress
This sub-committee is partnering with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Director of Teaching and Learning to complete this task.

DEI in All Offices and TeamsPartner with external facing offices and teams to purposefully incorporate DEI work into their plans, including engaging in professional development around DEI. Schedule times for these teams to meet with the Inclusion Council to advance their work in these arenas.

In-Progress
Members from Greenhills’ external facing offices met with the Inclusion Council to share the work they have done to incorporate DEI in their work and what they hope to do in the coming year. In particular, the teams addressed the need to broaden awareness of Greenhills beyond Ann Arbor and increase accessibility.

Expanding Initiatives in the Board of TrusteesIncorporate DEI training into the work of the Board of Trustees and communicate with the community about how the Board of Trustees works to cultivate a membership that is both diverse and moves our DEI work forward.

In-Progress
The Head of School is collaborating with the Board of Trustees to add DEI training within that group in the coming months.

Pronouns and Honorifics Add an option for faculty and staff to add pronouns and honorifics to profiles on GryphOn (our learning management system) and greenhillsschool.org. Develop a set of recommendations around how students can share their pronouns with the larger Greenhills Community.

In-Progress
This sub-committee prompted faculty and staff to update their profiles on GryphOn with honorifics and pronouns. That information has been integrated into GryphOn and throughout the School’s website, greenhillsschool.org.

 


Other Ongoing Initiatives
Adrian Wade Wright Memorial EventOn March 12th, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion partnered with the Middle School Gryphon Council to sponsor this year’s Adrian Wade Wright event. Due to the pandemic, there was no charge for the event, but participants were given the option to make a donation to the Adrian Wade Wright Memorial Fund, which supported programming in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Diversity SymposiumThe 2021 Diversity Symposium included a set of sessions throughout the week of March 15th. Sessions included:

  • Keynote: You Can’t Be Neutral: Telling Stories of Transformation and Activism by Professor Austin McCoy
    Professor Austin McCoy used history and personal experience to examine moments when people decided to stand up and organize against injustice.
  • Keynote: Education and Inequity in the United States by Marissa Thompson ’12
    Greenhills alum Marissa Thompson ’12 spoke to students about education and inequality in the United States. She zoomed in on how inequity takes shape in the Ann Arbor area.
  • Presentation: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Greenhills by Nadine Hall and Dr. Kelly Williams
    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion updated the student body on the work that the School and the Inclusion Council has done over the past year and how we will continue to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into all that we do.
  • Middle School Workshops
    Middle school students participated in teacher-led workshops on the power of language and slurs and how to identify and interrupt bias online.
  • Upper School Workshops
    Upper school students engaged with a digital choice board that allowed them to explore their own interests or ideas that were unfamiliar to them related to DEI. Upper school students also participated in a teacher-led workshop inspired by The Race Card Project.
  • Keynote: Hip Hop as a Global Voice for Social Justice by Dr. Amer F. Ahmed
    Ahmed’s session explored how Hip Hop has been used as a voice for social justice and cross-cultural understanding in the United States and around the world.

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