At Holy Child, our students are taught to value diversity and become active participants in a global world as "women of conscience and action.” As an educational and spiritual community, Holy Child strives to establish and maintain a culture that welcomes and nurtures individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences, as we believe this will encourage a respectful and rich intellectual environment. As a School, we actively embrace differences in age, ethnicity, gender, learning style, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic class. We seek to create a community that reflects diversity in the student body, faculty and administration.

What’s the big IDEA?

I - Inclusion

D- Diversity

E – Equity

A - Advocacy

The goals of the IDEA Committee:

  • To ensure every child feels included
  • To celebrate the various types of diversity within our school community
  • To understand that equality is not enough and that equity ensures that each student has what she needs
  • To advocate for our students and staff that may feel voiceless

IDEA Initiatives at Holy Child

Community Conversations

Community Conversations offer opportunities for students and faculty to view, read, reflect and discuss topics related to cultural identifiers as a way of implementing diversity initiatives at the School.

Student, Faculty & Staff Development

  • The Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9 -12) from across the United States. SDLC focuses on self-reflection, forming allies, and building community.
  • The People of Color Conference (PoCC) equips educators at every level, from teachers to trustees, with knowledge, skills, and experiences to improve and enhance the interracial, interethnic, and intercultural climate in their schools, as well as the attending academic, social-emotional, and workplace performance outcomes for students and adults alike.
  • SDLC and PoCC run simultaneously. Holy Child students and faculty attend this annual celebration of diversity, and students are encouraged to bring what they have learned and experienced back to the larger Holy Child community.

Student Involvement

Student-centered clubs work within the School and in the broader community to raise awareness and promote cultural exchange, dialogue and social justice:

  • STAND: Students Taking Action Nurturing Differences
  • Campus Ministry: Students also have an opportunity to share their ideas or concerns at monthly “Students for IDEA Meetings.” Held the last Monday of each month, during break and right after school.

Parent Involvement

Parents for IDEA is Holy Child's parent group for all interested in participating in IDEA efforts at the School.

IDEA Parent Committee Leaders

Upper School
Mrs. Cheroxie King
Mrs. Jasmine Bellamy

Middle School
Mr. Marlon Mahon
Mrs. Xiomara Gordon-Mahon

Would you like to learn more about IDEA?

Contact Director of IDEA Initiatives, Monique Gordon-Anefal at m.gordon-anefal@holychildrye.org or 914-967-5622, ext.

The Director of IDEA supports the School’s mission to create and sustain an inclusive community which ensures that all students, faculty and staff feel supported and valued; the director facilitates Holy Child’s diversity programming and committee work. School of the Holy Child actively recruits faculty, staff and administration of diversity through participation in diversity recruitment fairs, as well as through its association with the Independent School Diversity Network (ISDN).