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Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Within Calvert School

At Calvert School in Baltimore, we believe diversity and inclusion should be key components of a private school education. By encouraging people with different abilities, backgrounds, and perspectives to shine, we can encourage and meet each child at their unique stage of development.

The result is students who are confident in who they are and equipped to collaborate with others in spite of perceived barriers or societal divides. 

How We Implement Diversity and Inclusion at Calvert School

We combine our robust curriculum with a focus on diversity and inclusion in and out of the classroom. We focus on ensuring each student develops qualities ranging from self-discipline to responsibility. 

We implement these goals by placing our students within a diverse community and emphasizing collaborating with others — regardless of their backgrounds and beliefs.

Learn About Our Efforts Within Diversity and Inclusion 

To promote private school social diversity in Baltimore, Calvert School hosts an array of events throughout the year. Some examples of this programming include annual speakers, community engagement and more.

Diversity Speakers (Virtual and In Person)

In 2022, Calvert alumna Sally Hopkins Jacobs '69, author of the book “Althea,” spoke to students via Zoom about tennis player Althea Gibson and effects of race and racism on her career. During the discussion with the Middle School Diversity and Allies clubs, Jacobs delved into the tennis champion's feat of breaking the color barrier and becoming being the first Black person to play in an official USLTA tournament. 

In April 2022, educator and public speaker Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabees and Masterminds and Wingmen, spoke about the importance of strong leadership and emotional intelligence with the Calvert community during three sessions focused on children ages 10 to 15 years old.

Diversity Discussions 

In 2021, filmmaker André Robert Lee led a discussion about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) with Calvert. The audience formed breakout groups and were able to answer questions and share their personal experiences. The alumni discussion followed Lee's work with students and faculty on campus.

In Spring 2023, Calvert welcomed Fulbright Scholar Dr. José B. González for two days of discussion with Tenth Age and Middle School students around his life story and approach to poetry.

Dr. González was born in El Salvador and later came to the United States with his family as a child. Today, Dr. González is an acclaimed poet, author, editor, professor, and Fulbright scholar who holds a PhD in English. 

“Poetry and words have the power to lift us, and I hope you continue to lift everyone around you through your poetry,” he told students.

Annual Multicultural Festival

Every year, the Calvert community comes together for International Week and Calvert’s Kitchen, a multicultural festival that celebrates community, world language, and culture. This celebration is equal parts fun and educational. Along with helping the community learn more about the diverse cultures and heritages that make up Calvert, attendees enjoy a potluck-style dinner that features cuisine from Calvert families influenced by cultures around the world. 

Bake Sale Benefits and Supply Drives 

In 2023, the Middle School Diversity Club create Mother's Day baskets filled with personal items for 28 women from the Marian House. The Marian House, which is a nonprofit organization, helps rehabilitate women working toward a better life. To raise the funds, Diversity Club members hosted a bake sale and partnered with the Sixth Grade to decorate baskets.

Throughout the year, Calvert Middle Schoolers also organized a non-perishable food and supply drive to benefit Hampden Family Center, Paul's Place, and other Baltimore nonprofits.

During the 2023-2024 school year, the Institute for Leadership & Purpose again facilitated a meal drive to combat food insecurity in Baltimore. The drive yielded more than 60 baskets, each of which contained all the necessary foods and supplies for a robust Thanksgiving meal.

MLK Jr. Day of Service

Each year, Calvert hosts the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, a day of community engagement offering both on-site and off-site service activities meant to make a difference and better the lives of others. Hundreds of community members come together to volunteer their time and services to continue honoring MLK's vision for the world.

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Calvert School is a coed independent lower and middle school.