Madeleine School first grader, Cara Daly, proudly displays the portrait she drew of Amanda Gorman that was part of an assignment, which involved listening to Gorman's inauguration poem, discussing how various artists were inspired by her performance and drawing her portrait after receiving a lesson in facial proportions. (Courtesy The Madeleine School)
Madeleine School first grader, Cara Daly, proudly displays the portrait she drew of Amanda Gorman that was part of an assignment, which involved listening to Gorman's inauguration poem, discussing how various artists were inspired by her performance and drawing her portrait after receiving a lesson in facial proportions. (Courtesy The Madeleine School)
Thirty students will graduate from The Madeleine School June 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the school.

In a year as difficult as this one, taking on new projects may be one of the last things a parent or principal wants to do.

At the start of this school year, however, The Madeleine School Equity and Anti-Racism Committee was formed by a group of parents to foster more equity, inclusion and anti-racist ideology in the school community.

A major initiative of the committee came to fruition when The Madeleine entered a partnership with a consulting group called Resolution Lab to conduct an equity audit of the school to determine its strengths and areas of growth related to equity and inclusion.

“We are delighted to begin a journey toward improvement,” says Principal Carol Glasgow.

According to committee member Karis Stoudamire-Phillips, “this is a big and necessary undertaking, and we are so proud of our school for prioritizing it.”

The committee has also created a charter, hosted three all-school assemblies and regularly publishes articles in the school newsletter.

Members of The Madeleine School Equity and Anti-Racism Committee include Brenda Baumgart, Rebecca Clinton, Jennifer Coughlin, Keinya Kohlbecker, Steven Nakana, Lisa Rogers, Amanda St. John, Andy Stephens, Karis Stoudamire-Phillips, Amanda Wissel, and DJ and Lia Yemane-Berhan.

“We're so thankful for the great work of this team,” said Glasgow.