Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

"It takes a village to
build a more inclusive community."

Dr. Hyacinth Mason P'19, Trustee
Chair, DEI Board of Trustees Committee

Goal #5
Nurture an intentionally diverse, inclusive, and equitable learning community that promotes academic excellence, enriches the school, and enhances the experience of every learner.

Statement from the Board of Trustees

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  • At The Albany Academies, the active expression of different perspectives and life experiences plays a vital role in the life of the school.

    In harmony with our Mission Statement and reflective of our Core Values, the Academies is committed to a safe, diverse, inclusive, equitable, and just school climate within a Preschool through Postgraduate curricular framework dedicated to inclusive excellence.

    We actively strive to respect, affirm, and protect the dignity and worth of each member of our learning community and cultivate an environment where all members of the Academies community experience a true sense of belonging and are empowered to fully participate in the life of the school. We also recognize that diversity of thought and expression is integral to developing learners who are culturally agile, adept at thinking critically, and effective when collaborating with others.
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Vision Statement

As it has been for more than 200 years, the foundation of an Albany Academies’ education is high expectations with rigorous academics and appropriate social and emotional supports. We understand how gender differences impact learning at every age level and provide students with classroom settings that reflect this understanding. Every student is treated as the individual that they are, while simultaneously being assimilated into an inclusive, safe, learning environment. As a community of students and educators, we reflect upon our privilege and assess our curriculum, practices, and outcomes to ensure we are continuously developing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Message from the Chair

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  • Bio of DEI Partner Stephanie Bramlett

    Stephanie Bramlett is the inaugural Director of Equity and Inclusion at Phillips Exeter Academy. She works with every constituency group at PEA-- all employees, students, parents, trustees, alumni, and the broader Exeter community. Stephanie is the head of the summer Exeter Diversity Institute and is a board member of the New England chapter of People of Color in Independent Schools.
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  • Bio of DEI Partner Mickey Bradley

    Mickey Bradley is the President of Buster Consulting, LLC.
    For over 20 years, Mickey has worked with clients throughout the US and North America, as well as Europe, Asia, and South America, helping them learn and grow and change. His philosophy is that creating better work experiences creates better work – for leaders, team members, customers, and stakeholders. He believes that if every team fully leveraged the talent it already has within it, it could achieve almost any goal.  Its capacity for problem-solving, innovation, satisfying customers, attracting and retaining top talent, and beating the competition would rise exponentially. 

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Forum Meeting Dates

Meetings TBD

If you would like more information about how to participate, please contact Shelly Reid at reidm@albanyacademies.org. 

To learn more about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives or to join a committee, contact Chief Human Resources Officer David Lester at lesterd@albanyacademies.org.

Affinity Groups

Alumnae of Color 
Chair: Jeannine Blanco '89
Meetings TBD

Alumni of Color 
Chair: Evril Clayton ’00
Meetings TBD

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  • Board of Trustees Committee

    Purpose: Establish the DEI strategy and business case, provide guidance, support and reinforce progress towards achieving our DEI aspirations
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  • DEI Forum Members

    Purpose: Continue to build and maintain a broad-based coalition for change, test ideas and proposals, and provide feedback to the sub-committees
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  • DEI Subcommittees

    Purpose: Advance a DEI initiative and achieve the agreed-upon goal

    Holiday and Celebratory Schedule:
    Purpose: Examine, assess, and recommend changes to the current Academies holiday and celebratory schedule.
    Lead: Patrick Kauth
    Rich Puccio
    Khadijah Onanuga P'20, '25
    Christopher Conway

    Student Affinity Group:
    Identify and recommend the student affinity groups and clubs to establish at the Academies.
    Lead: Matt Streifert P'31

    Tania de Rosier P'22, '25
    Barbara Bemis
    Dr. Fran'Cee Brown McClure P'27
    Sandy Hanifin '92, P'24
    Theodora Lois
    Marcus Pryor '87 P'15, '30, '31
    Bob Neudel
    Trudy Thomas-Smith

    Alumni/ae Affinity Groups:
    Lead: Nicholas Faso '02 & Kelley Triscari '07
    Ann Wendth
    Marcus Pryor '87 P'15

Celebrating Women's History Month -- March

Celebrating Black History Month -- February

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  • Lower School Students

    Our Kindergarten students began Black History Month studying paintings by Sam Gilliam, a pioneering artist in abstract and lyrical expressionism.
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  • Middle School Students

    AAG Fifth Grade students learned about African American Folk Artist Nellie Mae Rowe, and applied the elements found in her iconic work to their own unique "folk art" design.
  • Upper School Students

    Students in the Upper School started sharing daily fun facts during morning meeting and to the professional community in celebration of Black History Month. Here are the people that have been highlighted:
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Upper School Campus

Lower And Middle School Campus

Schellenberger Alumni/ae Center