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DIVERSITY

At St. Richard's Episcopal School, diversity is an essential aspect of our Episcopal identity and directly ties into one of our Five Pillars: Global Readiness. Our community is populated by a rich variety of people representing a wealth of diversity in religious, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds and welcomes all family structures and sexual orientations—a hallmark since our school opened its doors in 1960.

St. Richard's Episcopal School Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Mission Statement:

St. Richard’s is committed to fostering a community where all people are respected, valued, treated equitably, and expected to share the responsibility of upholding diversity, equity and inclusion. St. Richard’s Episcopal School is a community of students, educators, and families that strives to reflect the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Episcopal schools affirm differences as sources of strength that build up common life, deepen our common humanity, and enhance the intellectual, social, spiritual, and moral development all students.

Preparing students for global citizenship begins early at St. Richard’s. From participating in an extensive multidisciplinary around-the- world project in which students travel to all continents while learning about their land, geography, and traditions, to our Grade 5 French exchange program, our students leave the doors of St. Richard's globally ready.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Key Objectives

We recognize that diversity is best reflected through acknowledgement of and respect for the various ways in which ability, citizenship status, culture, faith, family structure, gender, politics, race, sexual orientation, size, and social class shape our perspectives and world views. Inclusion in our community is best understood through our belief that although we each represent unique and complex identities, we are all perfectly crafted in God’s image and have a responsibility in contributing to the local, national and global communities to which we belong.

As a community, we aspire to foster equitable learning environments designed to meet the needs of our students. We diligently work to provide resources, support and opportunities for students to have an integrative experience that nurtures their holistic development and results in their contributions to create not only a school, but a world where all people are valued and treated equitably.

In order to achieve diversity, equity and inclusion in our community, we commit to engaging in consistent efforts to:

  • Enact strategic hiring practices that result in a teaching and administrative staff that mirrors the student body diversity
  • Provide professional development and training opportunities to learn best practices for serving students and families from a range of diverse backgrounds
  • Regularly evaluate and revise traditions, policies, curriculum and processes as needed to promote inclusivity
  • Foster an educational space where all students feel safe and welcome
  • Seek feedback from students, families, and the Indianapolis community
  • Ultimately, diversity, equity and inclusion are central to our institutional mission at St. Richard’s Episcopal School. At St. Richard’s everyone is welcome and expected to contribute to our shared responsibility of upholding diversity, equity, and inclusion in alignment with our Five Pillars for Success: Faith, Classic Curriculum, Leadership, Civic Responsibility and Global Readiness.

    Members of the Committee

    Mr. Johnny Pryor, SRES Parent and Co-Chair

    Dr. Jennifer Springer, SRES Parent and Co-Chair

    The Rev’d Dr. Benjamin J. Anthony, Chaplain of St. Richard's Episcopal School and Associate Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church

    Mrs. Katie Hendrickson, Grade 5 Teacher

    Mrs. Wilmara Manuel, Dean of Student Life and Inclusion

    Dr. Jennifer Sloan, SRES Parent and Alumni Parent

    Mrs. April Thomas, Alumni Parent and Registrar

    Mrs. Abby Williams, Associate Head of School

    Student Body at SRES

  • Faiths represented: Episcopalian (13%), Catholic (20%), non-identified/nondenominational (32%), Jewish, Hindu, Buddhism, and 12 Christian denominations
  • 32 countries of origin
  • 69% of our families identify themselves as Caucasian, 20% African-American, 11% Multiracial/Other
  • Average of $900,000 distributed in financial assistance annually
  • "The notion of diversity truly is a key to the St. Richard’s magic. We live in a suburban school district where every school is 4-star, but we drive 30 minutes one way because of this. During the Olympic games, we find ourselves cheering for athletes from France, Barbados, Brazil or China because our daughter has connected with those countries and cultures through her friends. It’s truly a global education on the most basic of levels."

    -SRES Parent