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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A group of students hanging out in the Simon Student Center at Mercersburg Academy.
Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, which is comprised of faculty and students, exists to cultivate a safe community where everyone is emboldened to be their authentic selves.

In a world where social norms are evolving rapidly, how might we at Mercersburg improve our policies, practices, and programs to strengthen our community as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion?

A group of students posing for the camera in between classes.

The task force

First established in 2018, a task force began leading students, faculty, and staff in conversations and planning as it related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This group was charged with exploring what Mercersburg has accomplished related to DEI, thinking about what DEI currently means at the school, and considering what it looks like for our school moving forward. The work continues now under the leadership of Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Dr. Renata Williams. While much work has been done to educate our community on diversity, equity, and inclusion, the work is ongoing, and we commit to building our DEI initiatives as a community.

Current Actions

From our foundational work with our task force, we created a DEI Committee made up of multiple subcommittees that will continue the work of the task force into the foreseeable future. Actions the school is currently taking include:


Glossary of Terms: The following glossary presents key terms frequently used in discussions about diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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55 Years of Black Student Integration

50 Years of Coeducation

30 Years of the Black Student Union

48% of our students receive financial aid
(30% is the boarding school average)

20% of our students
are international
(representing 44 countries)

41% of domestic students identify as students of color