Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


IDEAS, which stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Action Seminars, is an annual educational experience during the two-week interim period between Thanksgiving and Winter break where the entire Marvelwood community undergoes an interdisciplinary curriculum to better educate our community on varying cultural and social topics. IDEAS is structured so students and faculty work together to better understand our community at Marvelwood and the world around them.

Every year, IDEAS formulates a curriculum based on one of our core values, which are Respect, Responsibility, Service, and Honesty. Within this framework, students are put into groups, experts of different disciplines come and present, and it includes hands-on activities.

One special piece to the IDEAS experience is our alumni panel, where students who have graduated from Marvelwood come back and discuss the given topic as it relates to their experiences on campus, personal lives and professions.

This year, IDEAS is being dedicated to the core value, Respect, by exploring how to respect ourselves and others’ lived experiences and perspectives. On the first day we will be establishing respect agreements through circle processing. Day two is dedicated to wellness, focusing primarily on the pillars of wellness, sleep, nutrition, and exercise, where we will also be establishing short term and long term goals. Following this, we will be having a speaker on Trauma. Our main speaker of IDEAS this year is Joe Brummer, who is an experienced trauma-informed consultant that has helped a plethora of schools transform and establish trauma-informed and restorative practices within their communities.

Some other activities we will be doing the following days are working on skills self-regulation, compassionate and forward thinking, perspective taking, and listening. In addition, we will be watching the movie Inside Out. To end our program we will have our alumni panel and be bringing back our annual tradition of Heritage Night, where students and faculty cook foods from different cultures and have a celebration together, dancing and eating. On the last two days before we depart for Winter break, each group will be creating a poster about what respect means to them and how we show respect to ourselves and others.

All faculty are undergoing trauma-informed training by reading Joe’s book, ``How to be a trauma-informed restorative school”, and additional professional development on this topic.


Marvelwood prides itself on treating all members of our community with dignity and respect. Marvelwood strives to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive school climate. We make every effort to help everyone feel safe and comfortable to be who they are and to feel supported by the overall community. Marvelwood School is committed to being a community that values and celebrates diversity as essential to the experience of our students and staff, and where no form of racial or cultural discrimination is tolerated. Students are given the opportunity to make change by working with faculty in creating this environment through the Cultural and Social Awareness (CASA) community service group and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Board. In addition to these activist groups, all students and faculty are given the opportunity to learn about diversity, equity and inclusion through our winter term two-week IDEAS program.


The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (D.E.I) Board is a student-led and faculty-supported group. The members work as advocates for their fellow students and as a liaison between the student body and the administration. The main focus of the D.E.I board is to create an inclusive environment where everyone in the community feels supported and understood.


IDEAS: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity Action Seminars


The Cultural and Social Awareness (CASA) Community Service group works together to help the Marvelwood community develop an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion. CASA works to bring education and discussion to the wider school community through on-campus activism work.

Expectations of CASA members:

• Be a role model in the community
• Be an ally to all those who face systemic oppression due to their social identities
• Be an active bystander
• Be respectful to all faculty and students
• Be present, share knowledge, and spread compassion
• Educate others in the community

IDEAS: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity Action Seminars

During the interim period between Thanksgiving and the winter break, students and faculty dedicate significant time to IDEAS -- Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Action Seminars -- embracing this opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to important values of cooperation, courage, responsibility, empathy, self-control, and kindness. We embrace and respect differences as we prepare our students to become informed, empowered citizens of an increasingly diverse and challenging world. We also seek to build and support a school-wide effort to ensure that we are consistently reviewing and improving our school culture and community for all of our members while reaffirming Marvelwood’s pledge to celebrate diversity and inclusion through education and action.