Students at ELCA have the privilege of growing up in a richly diverse student population. As you walk our halls, you get a sense of what Heaven will be like as you see students who come from many different racial and cultural backgrounds. In a focused effort to strengthen our diverse culture, we have established a Council on Diversity to discuss critical issues within our school. The council consists of parents, staff members, and students who meet on a regular basis to discuss ongoing issues and create strategies for future improvement. Our foundational principle is that all people are created in the image of God. As image bearers, we all have great value in the eyes of the Creator and thus we should treat those who are different than us with that mindset.
The word GRACE describes our focus on diversity within the school...
G - gender
R - race
A - age and ability
C - culture
E - economic ability
All of these groups are represented within our school and are recognized within God's word. Our goal is to teach our students that God has created us in His image and for His glory. As students begin to grasp that concept, they are able to respond to one another in a truly Biblical way.
Taste of ELCA is coming soon! Last year, over 30 different dishes from 7 different regions were featured! And... over 150 people enjoyed all the cultural food for FREE!
You are invited to join us for this special event designed as an opportunity for our families and students to taste a variety of cultural dishes and start engaging conversations. Wear traditional cultural clothing! The best-dressed student and adult will each win a $25 gift card.
The event is open to the community and you are not required to bring a dish to attend. It was a great success last year, so we hope you will join us this year!
- Chuck Gilliam - Head of School
- Toi Blash - Parent
- Martha Fairley - Faculty
- Matt Harless - Parent and Alum
- Grace Lee - Director of Diversity and Alum
- Denise Martin - Faculty
- Ming Richardson - Parent
- Kim Brunette Smith - Staff
Being a part of the Diversity Council is a way to immerse myself into new, enriching cultures, and it provides a way for me to be aware of how culture impacts our daily lives. I have a deep interest in learning about new things, especially in now they relate to the current world and how it impacts me and shapes my Christian worldview. I have a serious passion about learning what make us (as individuals) who we are; and I feel like culture is a big part of that. I also am deeply passionate about seeing all the beauty in all that God created us to be, and how He uses our culture to shape us. I mean, look at all of this diversity and culture that God created and He loves us all, and He created us all in His image. That, to me, is amazing and marvelous to think about!