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Diversity and Inclusion

We believe that a diversity of opinions, experiences and backgrounds are fundamental to an exceptional education.

The Bryn Mawr community is tremendously varied in our beliefs, races, religions, political ideologies, and cultures, and know that we are stronger as a result of our different perspectives. We believe the best gifts we can give our students are unshakeable confidence in who they are as an individual, and true appreciation and respect for the experience of others.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

The Bryn Mawr School is deeply committed to growing as a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning community. We are dedicated to providing an education that is rooted in the ideals of equity and justice and that reflects the diverse identities, experiences, and voices of our constituents. By honoring and nurturing the unique differences within our school community, we teach our students to better understand and contribute to the wider world. To prepare our students and ourselves to lead considered and consequential lives, we believe it is essential that we develop the ability to identify, question, and challenge bias and acts of discrimination. As we strive to build a community that celebrates and values each individual, Bryn Mawr will engage in an ongoing review of our policies and practices that address bias and discrimination.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan

Bryn Mawr's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan, shared in December 2020, states the commitments that we are making to be more intentional and proactive in dismantling longstanding and systemic racism in our country and in our school, and to build a more inclusive community, where every member feels an equal sense of belonging.

Action Plan Updates

As Bryn Mawr moves forward with the DEI Action Plan, updates will be shared in the first year of implementation.

Equity and Inclusion Council:

Bryn Mawr's Equity and Inclusion Council is comprised of liaisons from each academic division and non-teaching employees. Together, they help create, implement and facilitate diversity, equity and inclusion programming throughout the school.

2021-22 Liaisons

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Ale Balcazar

    Ale Balcazar 

    Middle School World Languages Teacher
  • Photo of Moneshia Davis

    Moneshia Davis 

    Lower School Physical Education Teacher
  • Photo of Colleen Hanson

    Colleen Hanson 

    Director of Advancement Services
  • Photo of Bethany McAndrew

    Bethany McAndrew 

    Department Chair, World Languages & Cultures
  • Photo of Sydnee Simms

    Sydnee Simms 

    LS Teacher / DEI Initiatives

Parents’ Association Committee on Diversity and Inclusion:

Our parent group supports community events throughout the year, including Breakfast and Books series for Lower School students, parent book discussions, Factuality Game Night, and a multicultural dinner.

Student Organizations:

Community Alliance for Everyone (CAFE) is a student-run, all-school organization that promotes all aspects of diversity by working to bring greater awareness, acceptance, and respect within Bryn Mawr and the broader community. Making Our School An Inclusive Community (MOSAIC) provides an opportunity for Middle School students to share and discuss diverse opinions, views, and experiences.

Student Affinity Groups:

Student affinity groups provide space for diverse groups to self-identify, unite, and engage. Examples include the Black Student Union, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Young Republicans, Young Democrats, Jewish Student Association, Asian Student Association, Muslim Student Association, and Lantinx Student Association.

Events and Activities:

Students and faculty lead, contribute and learn from a variety of conferences and workshops on issues of inclusion, equity and justice, and multicultural education, both here in Baltimore and around the country. Examples include our student-led Upper School Equity & Empowerment for Everyone (E3 Day), AIMS Making Schools Safe and Diversity Conferences, NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference and People of Color Conference, and Baltimore Leadership in Diversity Conference.

Upcoming DEI programs are listed on the Parent and Alumnae events pages.

Alumnae Affinity Groups:

Supported by the Alumnae Association, the Bryn Mawr Black Alumnae group, Bryn Mawr Asian Alumnae group, Bryn Mawr LGBTQ Alumnae/i group and Bryn Mawr STEM Alumnae group, are private groups for Bryn Mawr alumnae to connect, network, and share information within an affinity group.