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 2020-21 CORE Steering Committee members!
|Member Name||Grad Year / Mercy Affiliation||Subcommittee|
|Leigh Chandler Coleman||Parent of 2020, 2022||Arts|
|Valerie Colbert-Osamuede||1980||Recruitment & Retention|
|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|
|Nia Philpot||Mercy Ambassador||Training|
|India Shepherd||Parent of 2022, 2024||Arts|
|Shema Spivey||Parent of 2022||Athletics|
|Kathleen Walker||Parent of 2022||Recruitment & Retention|
|Keisha Williams||Parent of 2021||Mercy Life|
|Sommer Woods||1995||Chair Lead|
There are eleven (11) focus area Subcommittees:
Handbook & Code of Conduct, Teacher Disciplinary Plan, Social Media and Policy
Recruitment & Retention of Black Students
Recruitment & Retention of Black Teachers
Visual & Fine Arts Activities
Communication (Internal & External)
Student Support (Counseling & Mental Health)
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.
Mercy CORE Kick-Off Timeline
The timeline is aggressive in order to begin providing recommendations prior to the 2020-21 school year. Stay connected! The CORE Steering Committee will update meeting dates soon to align with the timeline.
- June 19: Application Published
- 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
- TBD: Mercy CORE Parent Meeting
- TBD: Mercy CORE Meeting with Freshwoman Class
- TBD: Mercy CORE Meeting with Sophomore Class
- TBD: Mercy CORE Meeting with Junior Class
- TBD: Mercy CORE Meeting with Senior Class
- August: Mercy CORE Subcommittee Application
Mercy CORE Subcommittee Application
The Subcommittee Application will be published soon and more information is forthcoming.
Mercy CORE Contact Info