Alumnae DEI Initiatives

The DEI committee works to maintain an environment where all alumnae are welcome, included, and heard.

The DEI committee ensures the Alumnae Board pursues programming that is inclusive and representative of our alumnae community as a whole. The committee is co-chaired by Terri Davis-Merchant ’95 and Karen Pantzer Gelder ’93, who work closely with Johara Sealy, Director of Diversity and Equity at Nightingale. The goals of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity committee are to:

  • Create a deeper sense of belonging for alumnae within the alumnae and school community
  • Rebuild trust among alumnae of color and other marginalized groups
  • Create opportunities for alumnae of color to gather
  • Educate all alumnae about the school’s DEI programs and initiatives for students and alumnae
  • Increase diversity among alumnae volunteer leadership positions including the Alumnae Board
  • Serve as a sounding board/clearing house for alumnae feedback and ideas



All alumnae volunteer leaders participate in training workshops to look at all aspects of the alumnae program with an eye on equity and inclusion.


All alumnae events and programs are being planned to be as inclusive and equitable as possible, which includes content, time, location, and participants. Events are held with the goals of educating alumnae on school-related DEI programs, connecting alumnae of color and other marginalized groups with each other, and creating opportunities for all alumnae to have opportunities to discuss issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.


We recognize and acknowledge the hurt that members of our community have experienced. As part of the process of building and re-building relationships with Nightingale, we are holding a series of Restorative Circles for alumnae. Our purpose in the circle is to hold space for participants to build community and engage in authentic dialogue in ways we honor our mission to educate minds and hearts through meaningful relationships as we advance equity for the betterment of all.


Now in its third academic year, this program builds meaningful relationships between Upper School students and alumnae who have navigated life within and beyond the blue doors. Mentors and mentees meet as a group once per semester and have regular one on one touch points throughout the year. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact Emily Bronstein at

DEI at Nightingale


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are at the core of our purpose and work at Nightingale. Learn more about our ongoing committment to cultivating an inclusive community where all students, faculty, staff, and alumnae are respected and empowered.