Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Mercersburg Academy’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) 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?

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 the following.


Affinity spaces on campus provide a community and group for students with shared identities to gather, celebrate, discuss, and support their identities. Led and supported by faculty members that sit on the Affinity Space Committee, which focuses on considering the structure and mission of the spaces, these spaces aim to affirm our students. Currently, our spaces include:

Student Clubs and Organizations

Mercersburg faculty and student-run clubs offer many opportunities to engage in courageous conversations.

  • Asian Student Union

  • Black Student Union

  • Humans of Mercersburg

  • Latinx/Hispanic Student Union

  • Rainbow Alliance

  • Women’s Activist Club


Established in early 2021, the LGBTQIA+ Policy Committee is comprised of students and faculty from residential life, school culture and the DEI Committee to consider the equity and inclusion of our LGBTQIA+ identifying students. This committee aims to identify strategies and protocols to create a culture of belonging for our students in the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Adult Ally Group

Established in late 2020, the adult ally group is led by Allison Stephens and centers around conversations about allyship to folks with marginalized identities. Working in tandem with the DEI Committee, the group identifies topical conversations and works to find ways to serve as true allies and co-conspirators in DEI initiatives.

Historical Foundations: Magazine Articles

Recognizing important anniversaries in the history of the school is important. Read stories related to the following milestones.

    At a Glance

    of our students receive financial aid (30 percent is the boarding-school average)

    of our students are international (representing 39 different countries)

    of domestic students identify as students of color

    Fac/Staff and Board Demographics

    In recent years, we have made a commitment to the diversification of our faculty and staff. We will continue to seek dynamic educators from diverse backgrounds to join our community, and we will call on our community networks to help us with this critically important commitment. In addition, the Board of Regents has announced a commitment to creating a Board that is more reflective of the community they represent. We have much work to do on both of these fronts.