St. Margaret of Scotland has long valued diversity and is continually working to improve our community’s individual and collective efforts. This call to action comes from our mission, from our tradition begun in earnest under former principal Sister John Mandeville’s leadership, and in conjunction with the U.S. bishops’ renewed call to identify racism as a sin in need of healing.
Our Diversity, Inclusion and Equity program is led by Arsenia Tate and is supported by the PTA diversity committee.
Activities and Programs
No Place for Hate
St. Margaret of Scotland is a designated No Place for Hate school. No Place for Hate is a self-directed program helping all of the stakeholders take the lead on improving and maintaining school climate so all students can thrive.
STL Mosaic Project Project
The St. Louis Mosaic Project Ambassador School program encourages member schools to reinforce an internationally welcoming and inclusive culture through pledges unique to each school. St. Margaret of Scotland is proud to be an Ambassador school.
Monthly Heritage Studies
Each month, the entire school body focuses on a selected heritage, studying customs and history throughout the month, culminating in a prayer service.
National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month (Sept 15 – Oct 15)
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Italian American Heritage Month
National American Indian Heritage Month
African American History Month
National Women’s History Month
Irish-American Heritage Month
National Deaf History Month (March 13 – April 15)
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Older Americans Month
Jewish American Heritage Month
LBGQT Pride Month
Anti-Defamation League Dinner & Dialogue
Led by the ADL, these parent dinners are conversations on race relations, diversity, and inclusion. The dinners are a potluck and babysitting is provided. The dates for 2019-20 are September 12, November 13, February 20, and April 28. Check out the link below for more details and to sign-up.
Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Training for Staff
Throughout the year, teachers and administration will participate in training and workshops led by the Anti-Defamation League.
The Mandeville Fund
The Mandeville Fund was created in the 1980s by Sr. John Mandeville in partnership with a group of parishioners. The fund was established to create opportunities not available through the Diocese for children of all religions to study alongside Catholic children at St. Margaret of Scotland. Over the years, the Mandeville Fund supported dozens of children and their families. Some of these families were new to America. Others were a part of Shaw and surrounding neighborhoods for generations. All of them, as Sr. John well knew, enriched the fabric of the St. Margaret of Scotland community.
Today, the Archdiocese of St. Louis has fortified its scholarship offerings and expanded their reach to include children of all faiths and colors. These Archdiocesan awards have allowed the St. Margaret of Scotland Mandeville Fund to grow as well, in continued support of our mission values of diversity and inclusion that are Sr. John’s legacy.
Contributions to The Mandeville Fund support ongoing formation programs in our mission values for all students, faculty, and staff, and families at St. Margaret of Scotland School.