Peace, Justice & Moral Courage
The John Carroll School Diversity Statement
The John Carroll School embraces diversity. Diversity is the keystone of a healthy, productive, inclusive society. It requires constant and thoughtful examination of its components which include age, creed, culture, ethnicity, gender, national origin, physical ability, race, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.
John Carroll seeks to foster a community that works to achieve an open and welcoming environment, where individuals can participate, challenge assumptions, learn and work collaboratively in a diverse setting.
- We strive to create and nurture an environment with different points of view from different people.
- We work to promote intellectual and emotional growth as a foundation for productive relationships.
- We believe that listening, seeking to understand different points of view, and celebrating human variety, are the cornerstones of true diversity.
About the John Carroll Peace, Justice & Moral Courage Committee
Since 2014, the John Carroll Peace, Justice & Moral Courage Committee (previously known as the Diversity Committee and Peace & Justice Committee), comprised of faculty and staff, has been working to achieve the following goals:
- To strengthen the diversity of the student body, faculty and staff.
- To create an anti-racist community that does not simply tolerate and respect differences, but understands and celebrates them, in order to make all students feel welcome at John Carroll.
- To develop faculty capabilities and opportunities to deliver culturally relevant curricula.
Peace, Justice & Moral Courage Efforts to Date
Some of the initiatives supported by the Peace, Justice & Moral Courage Committee since its inception include:
- Our impactful Holocaust education program, which includes Holocaust Remembrance Day, hosting Lessons of the Shoah for schools around the state, and a Genocide Vigil.
- Annual school-wide program honoring Dr. Martin Luther King and his work.
- Ongoing, diversity-themed school-wide assemblies.
- Participation of both faculty and students in the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) diversity conferences.
- The establishment of the Andrew P. Klein Memorial Peace & Justice Grant, the first of which was awarded this past May to four faculty members to develop an innovative, upper level elective course entitled “Exploration of Human Rights, Genocide and the Pursuit of Justice.”
- In 2020, the Black Student Union was formed as a part of a Senior Project and is ongoing as a safe space for all students to have an open and honest dialogue about race in today's society.