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In the Spring of 2020, as many schools and institutions around the country grappled with the present legacies of systemic injustice, SAAS also committed itself to adopting an anti-racist, anti-bias stance in order to foster a greater sense of belonging and inclusion in our community. In the intervening school year we have taken steps to study our expressed and hidden academic curricula, to examine how and where our equity practices are evident, and where there is room to grow as we strive to deliver our mission with excellence. One important step in this process is our partnership with the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) to conduct the AIM (Assessment of Multiculturalism and Inclusion) Survey.

AIM is a comprehensive instrument designed to evaluate diversity, multiculturalism, equity, and justice in independent schools. It is also designed to assist in strategic planning initiatives to build and sustain inclusive learning communities. The assessment takes place in two parts - the School Self-Assessment (qualitative element) comes first, followed by an Online Climate Survey (quantitative element). The specific goals of AIM are to:

  • Determine progress in meeting diversity and multiculturalism goals
  • Identify current diversity and multiculturalism initiatives and learn about the successful initiatives of other member schools
  • Encourage participation of all school constituent groups and stakeholders in assessing the school’s current level of inclusivity
  • Provide affirmation of a school’s progress in meeting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusiveness goals
  • Facilitate meaningful dialogue on building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive school community
  • Provide benchmarking opportunities
  • Support a positive community building process/experience

AIM Parts I & II

SAAS Virtual Summit Day - December 11, 2021