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The Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee at McKinley Elementary believes honoring and celebrating differences is the foundation of the International Baccalaureate Program, which uses education as a powerful tool to drive intercultural understanding and respect. 

Our role is to convene and promote programming furthering JEDI ideals; to serve as a consulting resource for school leadership and community members; and to actively work to make McKinley a place where all students, parents and guardians, and faculty and staff members feel a sense of belonging and empowerment.

Click here to read the JEDI mission statement, created when the committee was established in the spring of 2021.

JEDI programming has included:

  • Development and distribution of the JEDI Lens – an evaluative tool for school leaders and community members to assess inclusivity and compel action when creating curriculum and programming
  • Monthly book collection curation and list distribution for the McKinley library celebrating diverse heritages and identities – click here for complete list
  • “Community Conversations” programming featuring guided, intentional discussion for parents around the topic of belonging
  • Educational meetings for McKinley parents, guardians, and caregivers with presentations and discussion: topics have included personal pronouns; Black History Month; helping children understand their identity; and effective allyship
  • Collaborative art projects for students at McKinley all-school community events
  • Advising to McKinley fundraising initiatives (e.g. Jog-a-thon, SoNoFest, and Gala) regarding equitable programming and communication to promote community and connection
  • Supporting Student Council in selecting beneficiaries of community service programming and nonprofit donations 
  • Holding space for the community in the wake of national tragedies

JEDI Steering Committee Members

  • Carla Grossini-Concha, Co-Chair
  • Geysil Arroyo
  • Clare Crawford
  • Roni Hooper, Faculty Liaison
  • Laura Lavoie, Co-Chair
  • Larry Malak
  • Aaron Mitich
  • Edeama Onwuchekwa
  • Amy Tappen
  • Sarah Vatch
  • Robynne McMurtrie
  • Nichole Daley Markson

You are welcome and invited to join the Steering Committee – we would love to add your perspective and voice to our work. Please email to learn more.

2023-2024 Meetings / 2023-2024 Reuniones del JEDI
Meetings are open to all adult members of the McKinley community 

Meeting Dates 
All meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. in the McKinley library unless otherwise noted. The first meeting will be in-person only and all other meetings will be hybrid.

  • Wednesday, 9/20 (in-person only)
  • Wednesday, 10/18
  • Wednesday, 12/6
  • Wednesday, 2/21
  • Wednesday, 4/17
  • Wednesday, 5/22

Zoom Meeting Information

Meeting ID: 869 4145 6961
Passcode: 099870
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Archived Meeting Presentation Slides

April 19, 2023 (Parent-to-Parent Discussion, Safe and Affirming Parenting with Darlene Tando, LCSW)

October 19, 2022

September 14, 2022

May 23, 2022

April 25, 2022

February 28, 2022

October 14, 2021 (Community Conversations)

September 28, 2021

Updated May 1, 2023