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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

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Upper school students attending the Haverford Middle School Diversity Conference in 2024.

“Waldron Mercy Academy is a diverse, faith community rooted in the gospel values of mercy and justice.”

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are very important to us -- so important that these concepts are included in our mission statement. We are committed to educating the diverse community that lives in the Greater Philadelphia area. Our doors are open to students of all genders, abilities, races and ethnicities, and socioeconomic statuses. Though we are a Catholic school, we welcome students of all religious backgrounds. 

 

Our Board of Trustees’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee works to support our Mission by assuring that the entirety of the school’s policies, procedures and operations recognize and reverence the dignity and uniqueness of every individual who touches or is a part of our diverse community. This Committee works with Waldron Mercy to host events every year that further the establishment and growth of harmonious and equitable relationships in our community. ​

Waldron Mercy Academy boasts a diverse array of alumni, with many different racial/ethnic backgrounds and professions. Click here to learn about some notable alumni!

DEI Resources

Anti-Racism Resources

Commitments to anti-racism, non-violence, and social justice are at the core of our mission and what we teach our students to live in their daily lives. Conversations to address our children's questions, fears, and understanding about racism are essential to have. Below are some resources for developmentally appropriate ways to talk to children of all ages about racism

Supporting Kids of Color Amid Racialized Violence -- tailored toward addressing issues with young children

 

Starting to Talk About Race with Kids: Anti-Racism for Beginners -- resources including age-appropriate books

 

Mercy Educational System of the Americas website with educational resources on anti-racism and all of the Mercy Critical Concerns.

Racial Diversity Books For Children

Use the link below to view a book list curated by our School Counselor and our librarian. This list includes topics such as "Celebrating Racial Diversity," "Explaining Racism to Children," "Teaching about Being Treated Unfairly for Differences," as well as books by Black authors and illustrators, books about Black characters, and biographies about People of Color. 

"Let's Talk About It" Club

The club is open to students in grades 6-8 and meets after school on Mondays. It is welcoming space for students to talk, work together, and unite through meetings and events focused on culturally relevant issues. A calendar of the topics for each meeting will be sent to members' parents. E-mail faculty sponsor Ashley Robinson (arobinson@waldronmercy.org) with questions. 

Sisters of Mercy's Critical Concern of Anti-Racism

"We work to become an anti-racist community—committed to eliminating personal and institutional racism and dismantling oppressive structures, policies and processes." - Sisters of Mercy of the America

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