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From 16 Months to 8th Grade

DEI Charter

Resolution for Consideration by

The Board of Trustees of Chiaravalle Montessori
May 18, 2022

WHEREAS Chiaravalle Montessori is an educational institution dedicated to creating and maintaining a beloved community where every person is respected, celebrated, and honored and where equality and dignity are the norm; and

WHEREAS the School desires to be a space where people feel a strong sense of belonging and feel comfortable expressing their authentic selves and where the intertwined aspects of identities and lived experiences that make us unique are recognized and respected; and

WHEREAS the modern Montessori movement believes that a transformative education is critical to reimagining and co-creating a world where liberation, equity, justice, and peace are the norm; therefore be it

RESOLVED that the Board of Trustees shall designate a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Board Committee.

In order to advance this vision, the work of the DEI committee shall include: 

  • Integrating a DEI framework throughout all Board functions. This includes:

    • Participating in the development and oversight of the School’s strategic plan and policies;

    • Supporting the School’s DEI work in coordination with the School’s other DEI committees 

  • Serving in an advisory capacity to the Board of Trustees and Head of School on DEI-related topics. The committee will work with outside consultants to bring in new knowledge and perspectives as necessary and appropriate.

  • Pursuing ongoing DEI training and educational professional development opportunities for the board 

The Committee will include trustees, the Head of School, and the School’s DEI Coordinator, with access to support from the School’s external DEI consultants as needed. Members should embrace striving toward cultural humility via an ongoing commitment to learn about other identities, cultures, religions, and global perspectives, that is paired with the capacity to situate their own positionalities across contexts.

The Committee’s membership shall be appointed by the Governance Committee with input from the Head of School, who will seek out engaged individuals who bring a range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to their work. Past experience, leadership, and/or training in DEI work in community-based settings or related contexts is ideal. The overall composition of the committee should include individuals from a diversity of identities.