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Multicultural Affairs and Community Development

At the forefront of our commitment to fostering an inclusive, multicultural community is the Multicultural Affairs and Community Development Office (MACD). The MACD office works with students, faculty and staff, alumni, parents and the broader community to explore, affirm and celebrate the diverse cultures represented in our school community. To contact the Multicultural Affairs and Community Development Office, email Raisa Carrasco-Velez.

Our Commitment in Action

We live our commitment to diversity in a host of ways, on and off campus. Here are highlights of these efforts for students, as well as faculty and staff.

  • STUDENT CLUBS: Clubs like LUNA (Latinos Unidos en Acción), the Jewish Student Union, the Asian Cultural Club, and Always Our Brothers and Sisters encourage understanding and appreciation for diverse identities and cultures. More about clubs here.
  • PROGRAMS: The After-School Program provides a forum for students to share their cultures and develop leadership skills, both on campus and in the wider community through relationships with organizations like the Boys and Girls Club.
  • WORKSHOPS: Students take part in the highly-regarded Pharnal Longus Workshop on Race, Culture and Ethnicity at Salem State University every year. Here they get to know students from high schools throughout the area.
  • SPEAKERS: Michael Fosberg, Tim Wise, Peggy McIntosh and other leading speakers engage students, parents, faculty and staff in honest and challenging conversations on race, culture and equity issues.
  • EVENTS: Our annual Multicultural Celebration brings  families together to celebrate and affirm their diverse cultural backgrounds. With the Martin Luther King, Jr. Dinner, we commemorate the life of this civil rights leader, and we honor a member of the school community for their work in advancing social justice at St. John's Prep.
  • CONFERENCES: Members of the school community attend conferences sponsored by AISNE (Association of Independent Schools of New England) and NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools). NAIS organizes the annual People of Color Conference (POCC), as well as a student diversity leadership conference.
  • FACULTY & STAFF INITIATIVES: These initiatives include faculty & staff affinity groups designed to promote dialogue around cultural proficiency.
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