by Ashka Jani ’22
Published Feb. 25th, 2021
Montgomery High School launched its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative in the summer of 2020 to help address and combat issues like racism, sexism, and ableism in the community. The Empathy, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (EEIC) is a sub-committee formed under the initiative, which, as its name implies, addresses issues around empathy, equity, and inclusion.
The EEIC was formed as a sub-sect of the School Leadership Team and is responsible for “examining programs, instruction, protocols, training, climate, curriculum, staff, student, and community concerns”. It gathers information about these topics and passes it on to the School Leadership Team, whose members take action to create a better educational environment.
“The ultimate goals of the committee are to ensure an equitable experience for the entire MHS community,” said Ms. Nowak, a MHS English teacher and member of the EEIC.
Ms. Skelton, a MHS English and Special Education teacher, adds that the committee is focused on addressing the ‘isms’: “We wish to address any… racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, etc. that our staff or students are feeling. We would like to invite people in to learning about things they do not know or understand instead of calling people out.”
The EEIC works in tandem with other DEI committees to contribute to a greater overall purpose. As Ms. Skelton explained, “each [committee] has a unique viewpoint and focus to bring to the table so that we can work together to create the safest environment for every single person who steps foot in our doors.”
This type of change will take time to occur, but the EEIC is hopeful that the impacts of their efforts will contribute to a more welcoming, nurturing environment over time. “This is a fluid process and cannot happen overnight, but we are hopeful that we can help to make students, staff, and the larger Montgomery community feel included in our MHS community,” Ms. Skelton said.