Diversity & Inclusion

Mount Tamalpais School values being both a diverse and inclusive community. Our work starts with ensuring that all members of our community – students, faculty, staff, and families – feel a strong sense of belonging, while also recognizing and celebrating our individuality. Family structure, physical abilities, gender, race, ethnicity, professional backgrounds, geography, sexuality, and religious and socio-economic backgrounds are some of the many avenues through which we honor the diversity within our community. At MTS we work to raise anti-racist students by applying a lens of equity and inclusion to our curriculum, emphasizing the need for justice in our local and global community.

Our faculty and staff regularly engage in ongoing professional development to foster our dialogue and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through the leadership of our Faculty Diversity & Inclusion Committee, we engage in community learning sessions with Courageous Conversations, Blink Consulting: Critically Rethinking Diversity, and participating in monthly SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) sessions with colleagues in local schools. In addition, an annual cohort of faculty and leadership team members attends the NAIS People of Color in Conference. The Community Leadership Group, a steering committee of board, faculty, administration, and parents works to advance program and policy goals for the school’s continued growth in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Photo of Barbara Guarriello, Diversity and Inclusivity Chair

Barbara Guarriello

Diversity & Inclusivity Chair

bguarriello@mttam.org

By design, our students are asked to analyze the power of action, and recognize that their voices can promote social, political, and communal change. Throughout the year, each grade level leads the school in a social justice initiative for the local community, such as fundraising for a specific cause, organizing a food or supply drive, or partnering with a senior center. In lower school, our 5th graders take a leadership role in these projects, in helping younger students understand the importance of working together to help individuals and communities grow stronger. Our middle school students build on their service learning experiences in lower school and identify organizations they will work with independently as part of the middle school service learning commitment in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.

The faculty guides our student body in growing their understanding of identity, diversity, justice, and action. Utilizing an age-appropriate, cross-curricular approach, students explore and investigate various topics such as gender, race, ethnicity, immigration, ableism, human rights, family structures, and socioeconomics. By focusing on both celebrating differences and recognizing similarities, we lay the groundwork for students to adopt a lens of inclusivity in their daily lives as they explore their own identities and become increasingly aware of diverse perspectives. 

Conversations at MTS

MTS Internal Leadership Groups on Diversity & Inclusion