The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is a Catholic, independent, college prepatory school for young women in grades 6 through 12.

A Catholic, Independent, College Preparatory School for Young Women, Grades 6 through 12

Academy of Notre Dame de Namur: Inspiring Young Women Since 1956

Diversity Commitment

"It is time for parents to teach young people early on
that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength."

- Maya Angelou

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Students at Spirit Day

Our Commitment to Diversity: As one of the Hallmarks of a Notre Dame de Namur learning community, we at the Academy of Notre Dame honor the gift of diversity. We recognize, honor, and celebrate all aspects of our dynamic community members' identities. As part of our commitment to preparing young women "with hearts as big as the world" for global citizenship, we educate for both scholastic achievement and social consciousness. We dedicate ourselves to sustaining a community that is transparent, socially just, and richly diverse and inclusive. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion serves as both a resource and system of support for students, faculty, staff and administration.

"Little children, let us love not in word or speech
but in truth and action."
1 John 3:18, NRSV

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion office will provide a context in which we can focus on teaching antiracist, antiracism behavior and beliefs. In our inaugural year we will dedicate our efforts to professional development for faculty and support for students. We shall cultivate an environment that fosters leadership and collaboration, social engagement and service. We encourage you to read this letter from Dr. Judith Dwyer, Head of School at the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur.
 

We welcome you to be a part of our work.

Relationships: Build meaningful relationship with:

  • Staff, students. administration and alumnae to create a DEI Committee
  • Alumnae, Current students and Future students.  Alum Mentor programs, Black Alum Mentor Program, Upper school pairing with a Lower School classmate
  • PIAA and Independent Schools DEI departments participate in conferences and summits

Human Resources:

·         Professional Development Days

·         Increase in Diversity of Staff

·         Recruitment/ Retention

School Culture:

·         Zero Tolerance/Accountability

·         Social Contracts Staff and Students (Character Counts)

·         Sensitivity Training

Mrs. Tina Williams,
Director of Diversity, Equity,
and Inclusion
twilliams@ndapa.org

You may read the announcement of Mrs. Williams' appointment here.

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“Start being accountable for change and seek action, not observation.”

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