Authentic diversity is a crucial goal for our school – not only along the lines of ethnicity and race, but also in terms of religion, lifestyle, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, geography, and family and political values. Academic giftedness is found in every kind of family! Often, along with the growth of a genuinely diverse community, people or groups of people may feel left out, marginalized, or simply uncertain as to how to form friendships with families who seem “other” to them.
To address this reality, Mirman Mosaic (initially Inter-Cultural Discussion Group) was formed in 2004 by Andrea Wiley, a former parent at the school, and Julie Tepper, the school counselor at the time. Inspired by the Institutional Diversity Goal of Mirman School’s Strategic Plan and developed by the Mirman Global Village, the aim was to provide an arena for interested families to come together and talk about some of the fundamental and often sensitive issues that arise in a diverse population.
Mirman Mosaic has been successful at providing a supportive communication environment that encourages people within our school community to share and learn about aspects of diversity, accessibility, and timely topics that are faced by all of us as we strive to raise our bright young children. It has been one of the most surprising, authentic, warm, controversial, and empathic bonding experiences most of us have experienced in a school setting. Please join us if you are interested in:
- Learning more about other Mirman families’ lives.
- Helping other parents learn about your family’s culture.
- Bridging the cultural divide that families may feel.
- Discussing your sense of being marginalized from a mainstream culture.
- Having a safe place to talk about the things we don’t often have the courage to address.
- Sharing your viewpoint and cultural context on our weekly topics.
Mirman Mosaic meetings are facilitated weekly on Friday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. in the McDaniel Library at Mirman School.