Mercy Council On Racial Equity 

Mercy CORE Mission

The Council’s mission is to build awareness, solutions and leadership for anti-racist, anti-biased structures, policies and practices at Mercy High School. We will work with the school and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer to identify systemic racism within the community, analyze the specific barriers to change, and dismantle the structures within the institution that perpetuate racism.

Mercy CORE Vision

We imagine a future without systemic racism that empowers all members of the Mercy community to maximize their individual potential in an inclusive, anti-racist and anti-oppressive environment.

Mercy CORE Steering Committee Members

After careful consideration, we are pleased to announce the members of the Mercy CORE (Council on Racial Equity) Steering Committee. We asked you, our Mercy Community, to be involved and the response exceeded our expectations. Thank you to all the extraordinary applicants and congratulations to the 2021 CORE Steering Committee members! Steering Committee Members of the Council will be expected to Co-Chair one area of focus Subcommittee and provide a recommendation report. The Council Chairs will be responsible to recruit and manage Subcommittee members to execute the project plans. The scope of each Subcommittee will be outlined by Council Chairs. In order to create a comprehensive report, Chairs may have to meet with administration, faculty, staff, students and/or parents.

Member Name
Grad Year / Mercy Affiliation
Subcommittee
Lauren Babb
2010
Athletics
Lauren Boumaroun
2005
Curriculum
Leigh Chandler Coleman
Parent of 2020, 2022
Arts
Valerie Colbert-Osamuede
1980
Recruitment & Retention
Jehan Crump-Gibson
2001
Policy
Adelia Davis
2013
Mentorship
Dr. Maria M. Dean
1987
Chair Lead
ThedaMarie Gibbs Grey
1998
Curriculum
Kyle Gomez 
2003
Support Services
Satyra Johnson
Parent of 2024
Recruitment & Retention
Koyonne Mims
2003
Support Services
Saveri Nandigama
2017
Mercy Life
Lauren Nobles
2007
Recruitment & Retention
Barika Pace
1994
Mentorship
Nia Philpot
Mercy Ambassador
Training
India Shepherd
Parent of 2022, 2024
Arts
Taryn Smith-O'Neil
2007
Communications
Jennifer Snowden
1998
Communications
Shema Spivey
Parent of 2022
Athletics
Anjali Thakur-Mittal
1995
Policy
Kimberly Trinca
1989
Training
Aisa Villarosa
2004
Policy
Kathleen Walker
Parent of 2022
Recruitment & Retention
Keisha Williams
Parent of 2021
Mercy Life
Sommer Woods
1995
Chair Lead

Mercy CORE Subcommittees

Mercy High School is committed to providing all students an education that reflects Mercy values in an environment free of racism and social injustices. Over the last few months, the Council On Racial Equity (CORE) Steering Committee has been working behind the scenes to build the framework to continue weaving equity throughout the fabric of our beloved school. When we launched the initiative, we shared a vision to include more voices beyond the Steering Committee at the table of this transformative and important work. The Mercy community has asked how to be an ally, an advocate or a dismantler because of their own experiences of racism. Please note, CORE is a coalition of women volunteering their time to create a more Just Mercy. Equity and Inclusion work is very important, yet a challenging endeavor that forces reflection. As dedicated volunteers, we are continually reminded that our invested time is invaluable for all of our students.
 
Subcommittee Focus Areas
  • ARTS
  • ATHLETICS
  • COMMUNICATIONS
  • CURRICULUM
  • MENTORSHIP
  • MERCY LIFE
  • POLICY
  • RECRUITING & RETENTION OF BLACK TEACHERS
  • RECRUITING & RETENTION OF BLACK STUDENTS
  • SUPPORT SERVICES
  • TRAINING

Thank you to those who applied for a CORE Subcommittee. The application deadline has now passed and applicants will be notified of their status by February 19, 2021.

Important Dates
  • Application Deadline: Feb 5, 2021
  • Applicants will be notified of application status by: Feb 19, 2021
  • Mercy CORE Orientation: March 4, 2021

Mercy CORE Timeline

Stay connected! The CORE Steering Committee will continually update meeting dates, activities and news.

  • July 6: Application Due
  • July 7 - July 9: Application Review
  • July 10 - July 15: Applicant Interviews
  • July 17: Selected Members will be notified
  • July 20: List of Members released to Mercy Community
  • July 25: Mercy CORE Planning Meeting
  • August - January: Mercy CORE Steering Committee Ongoing Work
  • January 22, 2021: Mercy CORE Subcommittee Application Posted
  • February 5, 2021: Subcommittee Applications Due
  • February 19, 2021: Subcommittee Members Announced
  • March 4, 2021: CORE Orientation
  • TBD: Mercy CORE Parent Meeting
  • TBD: Mercy CORE Meeting with Freshwomen Class
  • TBD: Mercy CORE Meeting with Sophomore Class
  • TBD: Mercy CORE Meeting with Junior Class
  • TBD: Mercy CORE Meeting with Senior Class

Mercy CORE Contact Info

mercycore@mhsmi.org