Advance Student Programming and Activities
Focus on more programming that celebrates cultural diversity, promotes allyship, and provides time and space necessary for difficult conversations. Students are further empowered to lead in planning action items, especially related to DEI.
Recent programming and activities include, but are not limited to:
- Affinity groups were reconfigured and aligned with best practices per the climate study, and student leaders and moderators were trained by a DEI consultant before groups were launched.
- Student affinity groups have been enhanced to provide students with opportunities to share experiences, perspectives, and challenges with others who may have had similar experiences while also prioritizing student agency and leadership development.
- Grade-level retreats encourage class unity.
- Merion Mercy Academy's Allies Against Racism Affinity Group, students, Merion staffers and their families, and the Sisters of Mercy put Mercy in Action by taking a Stand Against Racism. They took part in a silent prayer and holding of signs in front of the campus on Montgomery Avenue as a public witness to their collective desire for racial justice.
- Merion Mercy was one of two schools to sponsor the Gesu School’s 23rd Annual Symposium: A Discussion with Ibram X. Kendi, professor, historian, and best-selling author of the book, How to be an Antiracist, and posted a recording of the discussion on our website.
- Advisory Groups engage in activities to promote civil discourse, provide students with the space to further develop their own agency, and empower them to self-regulate and self-actualize. Advisors know and support individuals in transcendent and specific ways. Our new schedule prioritizes Advisory Groups so that meetings are weekly and create smaller communities within our larger school community. The program has academic and social-emotional dimensions.
- Schoolwide "Courageous Conversation" held on January 11, 2020 to discuss the insurrection at the Capitol.
- Last spring, we critically reexamined and improved the Student Handbook with stronger alignment with mission and commitment to DEI. We revamped sections on acceptable conduct, integrity, and accountability regarding technology and online communications and learning. The Student Handbook was more thoughtfully laid out and indexed for ease of reference.