Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging at The Agnes Irwin School

Honoring and celebrating the individuality of all of our students, families, teachers, and staff, fosters a truly inclusive, diverse, and equitable community.

Diversity of experience, thought, and ideas is not only a pillar of our school, but is an integral part of the learning process and the Agnes Irwin experience. Aspects of individuality are explored through inspiring speakers, our rigorous curriculum, faculty development, and student organizations. Every day, we nurture the necessary skills and provide experiences for students to thrive in a diverse and inclusive community. 

DEIB Philosophy (revised in October 2021)

The Agnes Irwin School is committed to equity and inclusion. We invite you to read our latest DEIB Philosophy Statement. This statement speaks to what our school values as a community, it is grounded in our mission and values, and addresses why diversity is important and how it is an essential condition of our institution's excellence. It reflects input and contributions from students, parents, faculty, alumnae, administrators, faculty/staff, and the Board of Trustees. 

Our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging Team


Share Your Story with Us 

We are committed to listening, learning, and working together to collectively make The Agnes Irwin School a truly anti-racist institution. If you have experienced or observed acts of racism or unconscious bias while part of the Agnes Irwin community, either in the present or in the past, please use this form to share your story with us. Our diversity, equity, and inclusion team is actively monitoring all submissions, and any matters involving current members of faculty or staff will be seriously and appropriately investigated. Issues involving current students or other community members will also be evaluated for further action.

John Gomes 
Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Kim Beamon
Lower School Coordinator

Paolo Morales
Upper School Coordinator

Meghan Halberstadt
Middle School Coordinator

Vanessa Pope
Staff Coordinator


Inspiring Speakers

We invite diverse speakers to campus to speak on equity and inclusion topics, including Pakastani-born internationally ranked squash player Maria Toorpakai-Wazir, who dressed as a boy in order to play in sports. 

Multicultural Board

Participants celebrate, embrace, and raise awareness on the importance of diversity and inclusion, beyond race and skin color, to our community and the world.

SEED Project

AIS faculty participate in the National SEED Project, a peer-led professional development program that builds capacity for a more equitable curriculum, campus, workplace, and community.

Asian Student Alliance

An open space for students of all races to learn about historical and contemporary issues Asians face through the expansion of cultural knowledge, and celebration of Asian heritage. 

CommUnity in Action Day

A full day of programming to promote meaningful conversations and experiences surrounding the theme of community and all types of understanding — racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, culture, and family structure. 

Black Student Union

Members foster a community for our girls of color and their allies to support and mentor each other, and bring greater awareness of the richness of the histories and cultures of African-Americans/Blacks to  the larger community.

Friday Forums

Each Friday, Upper School students gather during their lunch period to respectfully discuss challenging topics like the political divide, sexual harassment, mental health, and race relations. 

Jewish Student Union 

A common environment for Jewish and non-Jewish  students to learn about jewish culture and politics, become active in service opportunities, and educate the school about Judaism. 

People of Color Conference

Each year, AIS sends a student and faculty delegation to this annual conference to explore and participate in engaging conversations on diversity, equity, and inclusive leadership.


Members provide an environment to meet, seek and provide support, discuss topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and work towards equality in the Agnes Irwin community and beyond.

Agnes Irwin's Summit on Racial Justice

In July 2020, more than 400 members of our community — representing alums, parents, students, faculty, staff, administration, and the Board of Trustees — gathered for three days of healing, reflection, and solutions-focused discussions on what we can do as an entire community to make our school an anti-racist, equitable, inclusive and safe place for all of our students.

More on the Summit on Racial Justice

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