The Anti-Racism Task Force at its final March 2022 meeting.
First row, left to right: Sharon Byrnes ’84, Kathy Reali Matthews, Maura Garven-Adeel '05, Laila Smith, Phillip Clipps, Phillis Fuller Clipps, Lisa Eland, Daenera Vazquez '14, Devon Lynch-Huggins-Szep '02, Megan Traum
Second row, left to right: Caitlin Blake '06, Syma Dar MD '97, Peggy Kranyak, MD ’71, James Napier, Janetta Hammock, Katie Higgins '99, Moira Clark '77
Not pictured: Russema (Russi) AbuZahrieh '97, Giovanna Bremke '07, Barbara Byrnes-Lenarcic '69, Megan Graves Cantrell '99, Emily Clark, PhD ’92, Tanya Coughlin, Anne Dayton, PhD '91, Jessie Frank '13, Linn Grenert, LeAnne Moore '04, Maureen McCafferty Stanton '92, Rachael Stefancin Toth '03, Christine Vacha '05
Magnificat’s Anti-Racism Task Force Recommendations are Being Reviewed and Implemented as Part of the School’s Strategic Plan Process
In March 2022, the Magnificat High School Anti-Racism Advisory Task Force concluded its year-long work of reviewing current school conditions and recommending ways to create more inclusive and equitable working and learning environments and move the school toward becoming an anti-racist community. The Task Force presented more than 70 recommendations to the Magnificat Leadership Team.
Since receiving the recommendations early in 2022, the Leadership Team has been reviewing recommendations, along with proposals and strategies outlined in the school’s recent Strategic Plan. Many of the proposals in the two separate documents are similar and/or complement one another.
Recommendations from the Task Force were assigned to members of the Leadership Team who were then charged with assessing the proposals and working to implement those that could be implemented immediately or in the near future and outlining necessary next steps for more long-term recommendations.
The Task Force was established in February 2021 and charged with developing recommendations on ways to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at Magnificat. The group — made up of nearly 30 current and former parents, community members, alumnae, and school faculty and administrators — met almost monthly for one year.
To complete its work, the Task Force created six working groups, each focused on a different area within the school. The six Working Groups focused on: Alumnae Experience, Parent/Guardian Engagement, Professional Development & Anti-Racist Training, Racial Dialogues, Recruitment & Retention, and School Policies & Procedures.
Some Task Force recommendations that have been implemented include:
- Reorganize the Mother’s and Father’s club into one parent/guardian club. The new Club is the Family Association of Magnificat (FAM) Network.
- Provide anti-racism and DEI-focused professional development sessions for faculty and staff
- Conduct racial dialogues with student affinity groups
- Develop a list of DEI resources, including books, films, and documentaries
- Develop a transportation program that will enable more girls to choose Magnificat (Transportation Scholarship Program has been created)
- Expand the processes for sourcing and interviewing faculty and staff talent in order to attract a diverse pipeline of candidates
- Explore creating units in existing courses across the curriculum that address systemic racism, racial inequities, the imbalance of power structures and implicit/explicit bias in America (in progress)
- Develop a pipeline of BIPOC alumnae, parents, and community leaders as prospective members of the Board of Directors (in progress)
- Create and normalize a list of common DEI terms and definitions (in progress)
- Train staff on restorative justice practices (in progress)
Working Groups presented their final recommendations to the school leadership in January and February 2022, and — at their final meeting in March 2022 — the groups heard from President Moira Clark ’77 about the process in which the Leadership Team would proceed with reviewing and implementing the recommendations.
“Magnificat is so grateful to each member of the Anti-Racism Task Force for the time, energy, and wisdom that they have poured into this important process for our community," Clark said. “Under the faithful leadership of Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Janetta Hammock, the Task Force has established recommendations that will further Magnificat’s mission for many years to come.”
Each recommendation has been assigned to a specific area of the school’s Strategic Plan and to a Leadership Team member who will be responsible for determining the feasibility of the recommendations and implementing them.
View outcome statements and recommendations from each Working Group.