The Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee at McKinley Elementary believes honoring and celebrating differences is the foundation of the International Baccalaureate Program, which uses education as a powerful tool to drive intercultural understanding and respect. 

Our role is to convene and promote programming furthering JEDI ideals; to serve as a consulting resource for school leadership and community members; and to actively work to make McKinley a place where all students, parents and guardians, and faculty and staff members feel a sense of belonging and empowerment.

The JEDI mission statement, created when the committee was established in the spring of 2021.

JEDI programming has included:

  • Development and distribution of the JEDI Lens – an evaluative tool for school leaders and community members to assess inclusivity and compel action when creating curriculum and programming
  • Monthly book collection curation and list distribution for the McKinley library celebrating diverse heritages and identities
  • “Community Conversations” programming featuring guided, intentional discussion for parents around the topic of belonging
  • Educational meetings for McKinley parents, guardians, and caregivers with presentations and discussion: topics have included personal pronouns; Black History Month; helping children understand their identity; and effective allyship
  • Collaborative art projects for students at McKinley all-school community events
  • Advising to McKinley fundraising initiatives (e.g. Jog-a-thon, SoNoFest, and Gala) regarding equitable programming and communication to promote community and connection
  • Supporting Student Council in selecting beneficiaries of community service programming and nonprofit donations 
  • Holding space for the community in the wake of national tragedies
JEDI Steering Committee Members
  • Carla Grossini-Concha (co-chair)
  • Laura Lavoie (co-chair)
  • Roni Hooper (faculty liason)
  • Geysil Arroyo
  • Clare Crawford
  • Sarah Vatch
  • Edeama Onwuchekwa
  • Amy Tappen
  • Larry Malak
  • Aaron Mitich
You are welcome and invited to join the Steering Committee - we would love to add your perspective and voice to our work. Please email [email protected] to learn more.

2023 - 2024 JEDI Public Meetings

Wednedays @ 6:30 - 8:00
McKinley Library
  • 9/20 - Community Conversations
  • 10/18
  • 12/6
  • 2/21
  • 4/17
  • 5/22
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