Diversity and Inclusion

Glenelg Country School Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

The mission of Glenelg Country School outlines the principles that bind us together as a community. However, it does much more than acknowledge them—it is a call to action that challenges us to embrace the diversity of “background, culture and thought” and presents us with a unique opportunity to accept the responsibilities that come with that call. Our commitment to these values both galvanizes and unifies our community as we strive to ensure a voice for all and to strengthen the “Dragon Ethos” of respect, integrity, and inclusion.

Glenelg Country School C.A.R.E.S (Commits, Affirms, Respects, Embraces, Supports)

We commit to providing a safe and welcoming environment that is stimulating, engaging, and seeks to ensure inclusivity in all aspects of our school life.

We affirm our mission by encouraging and embracing the diversity of background, culture and thought, ensuring that our students are prepared to become responsible and contributing members of our global society.

We respect that the world is consistently transforming and acknowledge that our vision of diversity and inclusion will grow and evolve to meet the changing needs of our society.

We embrace our responsibility as a community that is diverse with students, families, and educators working to build empathy, respect, and understanding in our daily interactions academically, socially, and beyond.

We support all members of our community through our concerted emphasis on sustaining equality in all aspects of our school life including our curriculum, admissions, and hiring practices.
Here are the most recent updates coming from our collective efforts:

Institutional Commitment 
Faculty Involvement 
Social emotional Support 
Professional Development 
Launching the Young Alumni Advisory Council Application   (during our homecoming week of Oct. 10th-17th) 
Diversity Committee met several times throughout the summer to create a strategic Diversity and Inclusion Action Step 5 year tentative  
Plan that was shared with administration 
D& I Action steps 
Collaborating with Lauren Avant in HR to strategize ways to ensure best practices and eliminate bias in hiring practices (work in progress)  
Upper School has launched their affinity groups Space following the AIMS model with the current offerings: *Asian/Asian-American group 
*Latinx group 
African-American group 
*White Ally group 
*Multiracial group 
*LGBTQ+ group 
Teacher Inservice week: Diversity Coordinator  
conducted 2 virtual workshops on Implicit Bias 
Collaborating with MaryEllen Prantal and Brandon Neblett to create a Racial Incident Protocol for US (work in progress) 
Partnering up with College Counseling to present Ron Brown Guided Pathways to Success workshop to juniors and seniors 
Participation in Virtual Discovery Day 
Offered faculty exclusive Courageous Conversation during teacher Inservice week 
Navigating Difficult Dialogue presentation for all divisions (LS, MS, and US) 
The Diversity Committee is comprised of 10 faculty members: 
  • Cate Barry 
  • Beth Bell
  • Rachel Edwards
  • Damian Garcia
  • Sheena Jordan
  • Noah Konkus
  • Hilary McCarthy
  • Anne Smith    
  • Aaron Tolentino
  • Emily Vallejo 
An independent school serving students from age 2 through grade 12 in Howard County, Maryland.