Assessment for Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM)



Greene Street Friends School invites members of our community to participate in the Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM), created by the National Association of Independent Schools

This community-wide climate study is designed to assess the strengths and challenges we face as a school in creating an inclusive and just community. The outcome of this process will be a formal report and a two-year implementation plan with actionable steps for improvement.

The AIM Steering Committee includes the following members of our community:

  • Tricia Ebarvia, Director of DEI (clerk)
  • Shelly Halloran, Parent/Caregiver
  • Imani Jackson, 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Jennifer Sanchez, Human Resources and Student Billing Associate
  • Maani Waldor, Director of Development and Communications


1. School Self-Assessment

On October 15, from 9am to 12pm, GSFS will host an AIM Discovery Summit, where we will conduct the School Self-Assessment. 

The School Self-Assessment is an opportunity to collect open-ended feedback from the community. Participants will gather in small focus groups of 10-12 members each (known as "discovery committees") that will provide insight on four different topics of conversation (see below). The members of each focus group will represent a cross section of different constituencies across our community. These small group conversations will be facilitated by a member of the AIM Steering Committee or GSFS employee. Each conversation will last approximately 90-120 minutes.

For the 2022-23 School Self-Assessment, GSFS will be seeking feedback about for different topics: 

  • Policy and Administration - A cross section of stakeholders will come together to gather perspectives surrounding the school’s visible statements about diversity, equity and inclusion and how the school’s administration put them into observable action.
  • Faculty/Teachers - A cross section of stakeholders will come together to gather perspectives on how the school has supported the increase of a diverse faculty and supporting their skills, knowledge, and cross-cultural competency.
  • Student Life - A cross section of stakeholders will come together to gather perspectives about the way the school creates a sense of being fully accepted, affirmed and an empowered member of the school community.
  • Parent/Caregiver Involvement - A cross section of stakeholders will come together to gather perspectives on how the school has ensured equitable access for parents and caregivers in school activities and has partnered with parents and caregivers in creating an inclusive community

** Please note that while many topics include constituencies in their title, all stakeholders are invited to participate. **

 

2. Online Climate Survey - NOW LIVE!!!

Like the School Self-Assessment, the purpose of the AIM Online Climate Survey is to assess the climate of our school. 

Responses to the survey are strictly confidential and will be combined with the responses of others affiliated with the school. No one will see individual responses and there is no way that responses or personal characteristics can be determined. The survey should take 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Survey questions (five-point rating scale from strongly agree to strongly disagree, plus don’t know) will explore views and personal experiences with the school in the areas of:

  • Being respected and empowered;
  • Feeling safe and comfortable;
  • Being supported and affirmed;
  • Belonging; and
  • Having contributions valued.

The Online Climate Survey will be available to complete from October 17 to October 31. A link to the online survey will be sent to all eligible community members on October 17.



How to Participate

Members of the community, ages 12 and up, are eligible and encouraged to participate in both the School Self-Assessment and/or Online Climate Survey. This includes parents, caregivers, teachers, staff, administrators, Board of Trustee members, students, and alumni. Individuals may participate in one or both parts of the AIM process. A separate youth survey for students ages 9-11 will be administered at school. Parents/caregivers who do not want their children to participate will be given an opportunity to opt-out before the survey is administered.


The School Self-Assessment on October 15 has passed. If you would still like to provide feedback, please email Tricia (tebarvia@greenestreetfriends.org). 

If you would like to participate in the Online Climate Survey, please click the survey link below.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Tricia Ebarvia, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (tebarvia@greenestreetfriends.org).