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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Statement of Purpose

Indian Creek School is committed to building a community of belonging where individual identities and talents are discovered, valued, and affirmed.
We do this by:
Creating spaces for deep and meaningful conversations in order to better understand ourselves, our peers, and the world. These spaces are intentionally created through our Human Development curriculum and the Advisory program. 
Fostering educational experiences in which individual talents and identities are discovered, valued, and respected. These intentional educational experiences are supported by our Arts and Athletics programs as well as School Clubs and Annual Class Trips.
Encouraging and teaching our students to explore and evaluate a wide range of informed ideas and perspectives. This intentional teaching is facilitated by our academic curriculum.

Meet the DEI Team

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Douglass McCuiston

    Doug McCuiston 

    Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; Upper & Middle School Faculty
  • Photo of Isaiah Noreiga

    Isaiah Noreiga 

    Director of Student Life and Well-Being; Assistant Director of DEI;
  • Photo of Michele Longo

    Michele Longo 

    School Counselor
  • Photo of Lauren McClain

    Lauren McClain 

    Middle School Faculty - English Teacher
  • Photo of John Bonhom

    John Bonhom 

    Assistant Head of School for Enrollment and External Affairs
    (410) 849-5165
Indian Creek is continually striving to provide our students with the best possible learning experience. To achieve the best possible learning experience, we rely on our statement of purpose for guidance. The statement of purpose is strategically aligned with the school vision and is supported by our intentional programming through our academic curriculum, Human Development, and Advisory program, as well as the Arts Curriculum. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team is comprised of faculty, administrators, and trustees.  The responsibility of the DEI team is to facilitate a safe, diverse, and inclusive learning environment, where all students have a sense of belonging.

Indian Creek's DEI team is dedicated to holding our students, faculty, staff, and administration accountable for our actions - and sometimes our inactions. The DEI team continually strives to provide an inclusive environment, free of micro-aggressions and biases. The DEI team works to provide diverse learning opportunities, alliance and affinity groups, professional learning, and community education regarding cultural competency and awareness.

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  • DEI Initiatives

    At ICS, it is everyone's responsibility to provide the best learning experience for our students.
    • Providing quarterly professional learning opportunities for faculty, staff, administrators, and board members regarding microaggressions, implicit bias, and restorative practices.
    • The inclusion of concepts such as cultural competency, identity, and social justice into the Human Development curriculum.
    • Creating and maintaining safe spaces for difficult conversations.
    • Encouraging students to express and share their authentic experiences.
    • Provide guest speakers to expose students to new perspectives and ideas as well as those perspectives that reflect their own experiences.
    • Prioritizing our message that inclusion and belonging are at the center of the ICS Experience.
    • Commitment to developing diverse hiring practices to maintain a diverse applicant pool for ICS positions as they become available.
    • Partner with the PTO to develop and facilitate community events for families that build a sense of inclusivity and belonging, as well as forums for sharing feedback with the school.
    • Develop and facilitate more DEI-based class programming for the Lower School.
    • Supporting our student alliance & affinity groups.
    • Review of the PK to 12 curriculum and classroom materials to ensure that it is accurate, culturally diverse, and appropriate.
    • Facilitating a DEI cohort for faculty who would like to learn more about being a DEI practitioner.
    The ICS DEI Cohort is a group of faculty members that are interested in learning more in-depth details of being a DEI practitioner. The purpose of the DEI Cohort is to serve as DEI ambassadors throughout the school and the larger ICS community. This Cohort reports to the Director of DEI and will be trained in DEI best practices and concepts from both the Director and Assistant Director. Cohort members will assist in the facilitation of professional learning, workshops, community events, and activities as needed. This cohort will meet regularly for DEI training and discussions to help assess and evaluate the DEI needs of ICS. 
Indian Creek school is a co-educational, college preparatory independent school, located in Crownsville, Maryland.  Students in Pre-K3 through grade 12 receive a vibrant educational experience based on excellent academics steeped in strong student-teacher connections.