Our Program

Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice

Building an Intentional Community through Inclusive Practices

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice collaborates with the whole Poly community—students, families, faculty and staff, alumni, and administration—across all grade levels, on both campuses, and in the larger community.  Through direct programming and open conversations, we strive to continually improve the ways that our program and policies both reflect the diversity of our community, while also inviting growth and understanding about the greater diversity beyond Poly.  Through personal engagement, which centers on hearing and learning from each other's experiences, we build a community, which knows how to listen, question, and grow, all with an eye toward equity and justice for ourselves and others.
A partial list of opportunities for engagement:
  • Historically Underrepresented Groups (HUGs) Affinity Groups:
    • Lower School HUGS Black and Latinx: Indhira Arrington and Tene Raymond
    • Middle School HUGS Black and Latinx: Daria Ilunga and Michelle Elliot
    • All School HUGS LGBTQ: Liza Bennett, Christine Kromer, Chris Cirillo, and Michelle Elliot
  • Diversity Coffees - hosted quarterly by the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice 
  • Freedom from Bias - hosted quarterly by parents for parents
  • Lower School Affinity Groups
    • Banana Splits
    • Girl Up
    • The New Boys Club
    • Students of Color 
  • Middle School Affinity and Alliance Groups, starting the 2018-2019 school year
    • Gay Straight Alliance
    • Students of Color 
  • Upper School Affinity and Alliance Groups
    • Multiple racial and ethnic affinity groups, including a multiracial affinity group
    • Gender and Sexual Alliance
    • Girls Summit 
    • Multiple religious-based affinity groups

Meet the Team:

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Motoko Maegawa

    Motoko Maegawa 

    Title: Director of Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800, ext. 6260
    Education: Iowa State University - BS
    Oakland University - MA
  • Photo of Olugbala Williams

    Olugbala Williams 

    Title: Head Teacher, Pre-K A (Lower School); Lower School Diversity Coordinator
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800, ext. 6557
    Education: SUNY Empire State College - BA
    Brooklyn College - MA
  • Photo of Margaret Rathbun

    Margaret Rathbun 

    Title: English (Middle School)
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800 ext. 6073
  • Photo of Melissa Mack

    Melissa Mack 

    Title: Mathematics (Upper School); Upper School Diversity Coordinator
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800 ext. 6070
    Education: NYC College of Technology - AAS, BS
    St. John’s University - MS
50 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, New York 11215 | (718) 768-1103
9216 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11228 | (718) 836-9800