Equity and Inclusion at AIS

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. 

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team

Camille Seals
Assistant Head of School for Academics and Inclusive Excellence

Kim Beamon
Lower School
DEI Coordinator

Elizabeth Ortiz
Middle School
DEI Coordinator

John Gomes
Upper School
DEI Coordinator

Donna Page
DEI Coordinator
for Staff

Equity and Inclusion Philosophy

The Agnes Irwin School respects and values diversity, including but not limited to differences in age, ability, ethnicity, family structure, gender identity, national origin, physical attributes, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic level. We actively promote and develop a school community that is culturally competent, socially responsible, and globally engaged.

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.

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.