Our Diversity Mission

At Shipley, we uphold and promote the integrity of each individual. We nurture a concern for others, self-worth, and personal achievement. We are dedicated to the ongoing process of creating a safe and accepting environment for all people. We value and honor differences in all forms, including but not limited to ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

Shipley is such a community — a group of parents, students, faculty and staff, alumni, and friends who have a common goal. They work hard together, they make friends, and they have fun together — all to provide the best education possible for our students.

Shipley is committed to preparing its students to be leaders in a global society and to sustaining a vibrant, inclusive, and caring multicultural community. The goal of raising cultural awareness and understanding is reflected in many areas of school life.

Diversity Programs

List of 10 items.

  • African American Alumni Alliance

    Provides mentoring to students and a forum to voice concerns and to encourage and support diversity initiatives in the school community and beyond.
  • Board Diversity Ad Hoc Committee

    Comprised of Shipley trustees, parents, administrators, and teachers, the Ad Hoc Diversity Committee seeks to find solutions to pressing issues such as student transportation, financial aid, attraction and retention, and Board diversity training.
  • Community Events

    Shipley has annual events for the entire community to celebrate who we are, both as individuals and as a cohesive community or Shipley has annual events to celebrate one another, our school and our differences. Welcome Back BBQ, Super Saturday, Swamp Night, Impact Day, All School Assemblies.
  • 21st Century Curriculum

    Shipley students benefit from an integrated approach to the multicultural curriculum. From Pre-K through 12th grade, classes are designed to encourage an appreciation of cultural similarities and differences. In addition to consistent curricular review, the School’s Atlas Rubicon mapping system allows for efficient tracking of diversity in the curriculum.
  • Diversity Leadership

    While creating a safe and accepting environment is everyone’s responsibility, diversity leadership rests with the Director of Community Life, the Diversity Point Team, Divisional Diversity Committees, and students elected to the Community Life positions.
  • Multicultural Parents’ Association

    Open to all parents and guardians of students, as well as alumni and friends of the School, the MPA encourages and supports diversity and inclusiveness throughout the School and seeks to provide an open forum for sharing ideas and planning events.
  • Multicultural Resource Center @ ADVIS

    A founding and active member of the MCRC@ADVIS, Shipley works collaboratively with other Philadelphia-area schools to develop programs that promote and enrich diversity. More information is available at
  • Professional Development

    Shipley colleagues receive generous support in their quest to learn more about the complex issues of multiculturalism and social justice. In addition to local workshops, participation has been robust in national conferences such the NAIS People of Color, East Ed, and White Privilege.
  • Student Life

    Activity groups such as The Point, Students United for Racial Equality, Spectrum, Arabic Club, Japan Club, Latino Club, STAND Against Darfur, and Amnesty International help to nurture student awareness, compassion, and activism. Elected leadership positions across the school encourage students to become advocates for social justice and healing.
  • Summer Reading

    Books with diversity themes have been offered yearly to all Shipley colleagues and propel rich follow-up conversation. Recent texts include Counting Coup, Love in the Driest Season, The World is Flat, A Whole New Mind, Three Cups of Tea, and Class Matters. View the most recent Summer Reading lists at
We know that students do better in a school that is a real community, a school in which they can forge strong relationships with adults. We also know that students do better when their parents, alumni, and other friends are involved in their school.”

~ Steven S. Piltch, Head of School

Meet the Team

List of 11 members.

  • Chet Blair 

    Co-Director of Community Life, Director of Diversity, Associate Director of Admissions
    Ext. 4189
    Eastern University - MA
    West Chester University - BS
  • Phillip Brown 

    Upper School Theater Director
    Ext. 4267
    University of the Arts
  • Jennifer "Jenn" Devine 98

    Director of Alumni Programs and Giving
    Ext. 4656
    Cornell University - BS
    The\Shipley School
  • Claire Grillo 

    Lower School Kindergarten Teacher
    Ext. 4726
    Temple University - BS
    University of Pennsylvania - MEd
  • Maria Haering 

    Registrar, Middle School SEED Teacher, Advisor
    Ext. 4109
    Gwynedd Mercy University - MS
    Gwynedd Mercy University - BS
  • Lindsay Jackson 

    Lower School Music Teacher
    Ext. 4748
    Hartt School of Music - MME
    Westminister Choir College - BME
  • Stacy John 

    School Store Manager
    Ext. 4177
  • Carole Kelly 

    Lower School 5th Grade Teacher
    Ext. 4710
    Cabrini College - BA
  • Bipin Prakash 

    Director of Network Services
    Ext. 4246
    Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania - Certificate
    St. Joseph's University - MS
    Sri Krishna College of Engineering - BS
  • Alexandra "Ali" Schwartz 10

    Middle School Counselor
    Ext. 4227
    The\Shipley School
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Pennsylvania - MSEd
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Maria Stroup 

    Co-Director of Community Life/Service Learning, Upper School Student Advocate, Upper School SEED Tea
    Ext. 4144
    Princeton Theological Seminary - MA
    Flagler College - BA