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We Learn

We Learn

Education & Awareness

  • Cultural Celebration
  • National Center for Civil and Human Rights Partnership
  • Faculty Professional Development
  • Multicultural Conferences
  • HIES Around the World Celebration

We Welcome

We Welcome

Community Building

  • 1HI Task Force
  • HICAP Parent Organization
  • MLK Day Classic


We Listen

We Listen

Identity Development

  • Employee Resource Groups
  • Student & Family Affinity Groups & Clubs  (Jewish Student Union, Black Student Union, Gay Straight Alliance, Black Parent Affinity Group)


Multiculturalism at HIES

We Learn, We Welcome, We Listen

At Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, we embrace cultures, backgrounds, ideas and differences that enliven, broaden and deepen who we are as the nation’s largest Episcopal School. We are devoted to cultivating a safe and brave environment that empowers community members to discover and celebrate their identities and diverse backgrounds.  We are guided by both our identity as an independent Episcopal School and our school’s mission to have respect for self and others, as well as to respect the varied beliefs in our diverse educational and spiritual community. 

We recognize that we must work collectively to build an authentic, inclusive community. Work is ongoing with more work to be done. As we do this work, we must recognize our past, dream of our future and acknowledge the ties of commonality as we move forward. 

Our aim is that through our students' educational experiences they are ever mindful of their call to be globally minded, loving, responsible citizens who value the dignity and infinite worth of those in their community.

We ground our work in Principles of Good Practice from both NAES and NAIS.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is committed to the following values:

  • Diversity: Building a community at HIES that includes the presence and participation of people with many varieties of identities, perspectives, experiences, and ideas.
  • Equity: Ensuring fair treatment, equality of opportunity, and equality of access to information, resources, and outcomes for all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Inclusion: Creating a School culture in which every community member feels welcomed, respected, and valued. 

Read NAIS Principles of Good Practice – Equity and Justice.

Read NAES Principles of Good Practice for Equity and Justice in Episcopal Schools.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights Partnership

The Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American civil rights movement to today's global human rights movements. The Center's purpose is to create a safe space for visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities.

HIES students and families are offered several benefits through our partnership, including:

  • Free admission to NCCHR for school-sponsored field trips for students and chaperones.
  • $5 off regular admission to NCCHR outside of school-sponsored field trips.
  • 20% off individual and family memberships.
  • Select internship opportunities available to qualifying Upper School students.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Director of Multicultural Affairs, Keith White.

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School is committed to fostering a community that honors and is respectful of the diverse faiths, diversity of experiences and values in our community.

Keith White

Keith White

Director of Multicultural Affairs
Susanna Mees

Susanna Mees

LS Academic Instructional Coach/LS Multicultural Affairs Coordinator
Emily Parsons

Emily Parsons

PS Media Specialist/PS Multicultural Affairs Coordinator
Hayley Rubin

Hayley Rubin

MS Spanish/MS Multicultural Affairs Coordinator

Mary Kathryn Tippett

US French/US Multicultural Affairs Coordinator

The Office for Multicultural Affairs (MCA) provides opportunities for the Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School community to explore concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion. The Office promotes dynamic and cohesive learning by creating space for individual, cultural, and communal development. Our programs focus on the areas of: Education & Awareness, Community Building, and Identity Development. Overall, we encourage and challenge individuals to explore individual identities and enhance their awareness and exploration of why and how it informs identity development.

Horizons at HIES

Horizons Atlanta works in partnership with Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, Fulton County Schools, and other local partners to influence the trajectory of economically disadvantaged children in Sandy Springs by providing a high-quality enrichment program.

Learn More About Horizons