Justice, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives are integral to our Holy Child education

Our cherished Holy Child Goal Five requires us to “create a learning climate based on trust and reverence for the dignity and uniqueness of each person.” Throughout Mayfield’s curriculum, student leadership programs, and service initiatives is the commitment to explore questions of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the context of Catholic Social Justice teaching.

Compelled by Holy Child Goal Four “to work for Christian principles of justice, peace, and compassion in every facet of life,” and inspired by the words of Pope Francis that, as Catholics, “we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form,” Mayfield Senior School community members embrace their responsibility to work as anti-racists for positive social change through “Actions Not Words.”

Justice, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Education Initiatives

Building the Beloved Community: Fostering a Sense of Belonging Through ‘Actions, Not Words’

We are thrilled to announce Mayfield Senior School’s partnership with the national non-profit, Pollyanna, as we host a conference designed specifically for the unique efforts of diversity, equity, and justice in Catholic Schools.

Join us for our inaugural conference: Building the Beloved Community: Fostering a Sense of Belonging Through ‘Actions, Not Words’ on Saturday, May 4th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Click here to learn more and register

Board of Trustees Statement

Grounded in the Mission of Mayfield Senior School, the Board of Trustees commits itself to anti-racism and holding itself accountable to address injustices through “Actions Not Words.” The Board affirms its support of initiatives for Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in all aspects of the school.

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Amber  Gravely

    Amber  Gravely  

    Director of Justice, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (JDEI)
  • Photo of Kristina  Ortega

    Kristina  Ortega 

We want to hear from you

As we continue to expand our justice, diversity, equity and inclusion programming, we are grateful for contributions from members of our Mayfield community.

  • If you experienced or witnessed discrimination and/or inequities at Mayfield, please know we are here to listen. Feedback helps us to ensure every student feels like they belong at Mayfield. Please email Amber Gravely to start the conversation. 
  • If you have suggestions for appropriate educational resources or speakers, please email Amber Gravely
  • If you are interested in joining our Alum Justice, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board, please email the Alum Office.

Helpful Resources

Communication Guidelines

Here are some communication guidelines Mayfield students follow in class:

Actively listen with respect. 
Use your energy to listen to what is said before thinking about how to respond or rushing to judgment. Notice and name your own responses.

Speak from your own experience
using “I” statements. 
“I don’t agree with what you said. In my experience...”
 
Acknowledge your feelings. If someone says something that hurts or offends you, do not attack the person. Acknowledge that the comment—not the person—hurt your feelings and explain why.

Challenge with care. Find ways to respectfully challenge others and be open to challenges of your own views. Think about how to question ideas without personal attacks.

Clarify. If you don’t understand something, ask a question.

Think with your head AND your heart.

One voice, all ears. 
Do not interrupt when others are speaking.

Lean into discomfort. 
We are all in process. Challenge yourself to contribute even if it is not perfectly formulated.
 
Assume the best intention of the other person; question your own motives
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Adapted from AWARE-LA’s Communication Guidelines for a Brave Space, facinghistory.org, and the Fahs Collaborative at Meadville Lombard Theological School’s Beloved Conversations.

Exploring Identifiers

Mayfield’s sophomore curriculum includes 11 lessons on issues of diversity and inclusion. One class explores eight “identifiers” to help students build a new awareness of and relationship with all the elements that make up their unique selves. Here are some descriptions or examples of each: 

Socioeconomic Status

My family doesn’t need to work to survive, middle class, working class

Age

Teenager, young adult, middle-aged, senior

Religion

Catholic, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Spiritual, Agnostic 

Race

Native American, Asian, Latinx, Black, White, Middle Eastern, Mixed Race 

Ability

Emotional, physical, cognitive or learning differences 

Family Structure

Two parent, single parent, divorced parent, incarcerated parent, deceased parent, blended family, adopted, foster household

Sexuality 

Sexual orientation or preference 

Gender

How you act, dress and see yourself; how others see you
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Adapted from the National Association of Independent Schools and other sources.

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Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 28 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.