About MA
About MA

Diversity, Multiculturalism, and Inclusion

Marin Academy has a long tradition of striving to be an inclusive school, a school in which students and adults work together to create a truly multicultural community.

This takes the work of many people in many ways including (but not limited to) students, faculty, administrators, staff, parents, and alumni.  The most recent Strategic Plan, adopted by the Board of Trustees in June 2009, states that:

"MA’s culture and community are defined by progressive thought and action, intellectual curiosity, respect for individual differences, styles, and contributions, close relationships among educators and students, and the encouragement of professional development for adults. We are deeply committed to multiculturalism, which is inextricably linked to a diversity of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, thought, socio-economic circumstances, learning styles, and religious belief. We believe that Marin Academy is part of a larger community, beginning with our neighbors and expanding to include the global community. Strong relationships that endure beyond a student’s time at MA are critical to the School’s mission and sustainability as an institution."

List of 5 items.

  • Diversity Council

    The Marin Academy Diversity Council strives to foster a sense of ownership and inclusion for all members of the community by creating an ongoing dialogue about equity and multiculturalism in a spirit of compassion and curiosity. 

    In 2004, Marin Academy instituted our Diversity Council, including faculty, staff, and administrators. The council is comprised of four committees, Curricular, Hiring & Retention, Communications, and Co-curricular & Student Life. The council works in partnership with Visions Inc, a consultancy organization that trains and supports our adult community.

    The Diversity Council meets regularly to discuss relevant readings, to share multicultural successes and challenges, and to tackle specific issues that arise in our community as they occur. The Diversity Council is committed to institutionalizing multicultural change while fostering a diverse and equitable school community.
  • Faculty and Staff

    Marin Academy's faculty evaluation process includes both a self-reflection and team evaluation of a teacher's approach to multiculturalism and inclusion. And in hiring, we explicitly seek to continue diversifying the faculty and staff of Marin Academy, and search for candidates with the inclination and experience to work in a diverse community focused on issues of equity and social justice.
  • Students

    The school's Dean of Multicultural Life works with MA's student identity and equity organizations to encourage open dialogue in and between groups of students and adults about issues in the MA community and beyond. In addition, our students are student activists and leaders, presenting at numerous conferences in the Bay area on any number of topics that relate to multiculturalism, equity, and diversity. Three years ago, students founded and began "Uncensored: Conversations We Are Not Having," a conference for and by students on subjects ranging from youth rights to equity in schools to whiteness to the portrayal of Native Americans in the media.
  • Outreach

    Marin Academy supports students, faculty and staff involvement in projects such as:
    • Crossroads, an academic enrichment program the school has established in collaboration with local public schools
    • Community Action and Responsibility Emphasis, which recognizes students that conduct sustained volunteer work within their local community
    • MA/Canal Sustainability Partnership, a project that brings together students from Marin Academy with high school students that live in Canal District of San Rafael to discuss issues of sustainability, equity, and the environment.
  • Personal and Professional Development

    In addition, students, faculty, and staff regularly attend local and national workshops around multicultural issues, including but not limited to, the NAIS People of Color Conference and the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference, the People of Color in Independent Schools Conference, and the White Privilege Conference.