Dear Friends,
At Gilmour Academy, the commitment to the ideas and practices of diversity, equity, inclusion, and its tangential work, starts with our Holy Cross charisms and mission as a Holy Cross school, and continues with our intentional, lifelong commitment to courageously act in creating a more humane and just society.
As the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Gilmour Academy. Whether you are a prospective or current student, family member, alum or colleague, the information contained within our site will be useful in providing you with a comprehensive overview of our programs, resources and the environment we are fostering.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion strives to create equitable experiences; embed inclusive practices into our everyday lives; and ensure psychological comfort, fairness, human decency and more, so that our students are developed into individuals who will be successful in a global society. Our communal goal is to go beyond merely recognizing and embracing diverse groups, but to holistically demonstrate that embrace through our everyday interactions without necessitating the use of the words “diversity” and “inclusion.”
We hope you find the Diversity webpage useful. I invite you to visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the Counseling Wing of the Upper School to learn more about our focused efforts or to share how you think Gilmour can grow as it relates to these important matters of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Lead with love!
Evan Richard
Director of Diversity and Inclusion

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  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion Statement

    Gilmour Academy recognizes, embraces, celebrates and values that each member of our community is unique and that diversity is a highly valued principle of our institution. As a school, we are focused on increasing the diversity of the Gilmour community; promoting equal employment opportunities; ensuring nondiscrimination in all aspects of our programming and instruction; and preventing implicit bias in the actions of members of the Gilmour community. Further, we prioritize being an inclusive community that engages groups of diverse individuals and allows them to connect in ways that increase each participant’s awareness, knowledge and empathetic understanding. We are committed to creating an environment where underrepresented populations have equal access to resources and opportunities to learn and grow in the most holistic fashion.
    At Gilmour Academy, equal opportunity assumes that the concept of merit, based solely upon a person’s ability to perform their job duties and academic responsibilities, will govern all personnel and educational decisions. Gilmour Academy is committed to achieving equal opportunity through proactive measures, which require intentional efforts to recruit, admit, employ, compensate, understand and promote/transfer members of groups previously underrepresented. Our Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement is meant to ensure equitable opportunities, consideration and treatment for all current and prospective students and employees.
    Diversity and Inclusion for Gilmour Academy is more than mere compliance with laws and regulations. Diversity and Inclusion benefits our community by promoting an inclusive environment free from constraint on the basis of culture, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, religion, family structure, relationships or economic status. Gilmour Academy offers students, faculty, staff and administrators a home rooted in the Holy Cross charisms, specifically hospitality and inclusivity. It is an institution that develops in its community members the competence to see and the courage to act in creating a more humane and just society, as stated in the school’s Mission Statement. Gilmour Academy foster fair and just leadership, expands minds, opens hearts, broadens awareness, refines skills and challenges individuals to grow. Through the Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement, we encapsulate these characteristics to make all aware of the value we at Gilmour Academy place on this expected experience. Our task is a focused one that takes on a complex issue; it is one that calls us to demonstrate how diversity, equity and inclusiveness in all areas can directly influence the culture of Gilmour Academy and enhance the experience of its community members. The mission and culture of Gilmour Academy can never be mandated and protected by statements alone. Action is required through the continued use of targeted and specific programs that address both the systemic and systematic oppression facing our society. As a school community, our support for efforts to achieve diversity, equity and inclusion in our student, faculty, staff and administrative populations is continuous and is based upon the following belief:
    Diversity, and its inclusive practices, are an educational function of paramount importance to the Gilmour Academy community. Additionally, the value that diverse and inclusive practices and focus provide in the development of our students, faculty, staff and administrative populations aids in creating a world of just, humane, competent and decent individuals.
  • Diversity Statement

    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s focus will be on activities that advance diversity and inclusion beliefs, tools, programs and best practices with the student, faculty, staff and administrative populations of Gilmour Academy to support, promote and create an institution of not only academic excellence, but personal excellence as well.
    In building and codifying these and other activities, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will assist the Head of School and Gilmour leadership in making Gilmour Academy a national leader in developing tools and practices that ensure an authentically welcoming, nurturing and inclusive community for all who study, learn, teach and serve here.
    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will serve in an advisory capacity in matters of diversity and inclusion for the Head of School. The Office will ensure that the school’s efforts are promoted both throughout our Gilmour Academy community as well as to community partners, responsible parties, experts and leaders in our city, region, nation and the world.
  • Vision Statement

    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion leads Gilmour Academy’s efforts in achieving diversity and inclusion, which is among the school’s highest priorities, as it prepares citizens who will work to make a more humane and just society at the community, regional, national and global levels.
  • Non-Discrimination Policy

    Gilmour Academy does not discriminate in its hiring or admission on the basis of culture, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, religion, family structure, relationships or economic status.

Meet the Team

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Evan Richard

    Mr. Evan Richard 09

    Director of Diversity and Inclusion
    (440) 473-8000 x4004
  • Photo of Vincent Bonacci

    Mr. Vincent Bonacci 

    Director of Admission
    (440) 473-8054 (internal 1400)
  • Photo of Lindsay Chiellino

    Mrs. Lindsay Chiellino 

    School Counselor, LS; Head Coach-MS Volleyball
    (440) 473-8000 x6124
  • Photo of Whitney Daly

    Mrs. Whitney Daly 

    Director of Mission Integration
    (440) 473-8000 x4030

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Elizabeth Edmondson

    Ms. Elizabeth Edmondson 

    Director of the Upper School; Dean of Faculty and Director of Curriculum Development (MT-12)
    (440) 473-8065 (internal 4012)
  • Photo of David Pfundstein

    Mr. David Pfundstein 93

    Dean of Student Life and Leadership
    (440) 473-8090 (internal 4002)
  • Photo of Tymothy Tagliaferro

    Dr. Tymothy Tagliaferro Ed.D. 

    Middle School Director/Associate Director, Upper School
    (440) 473-8000 x5000
  • Photo of Danielle Wright

    Ms. Danielle Wright 

    Assistant Dean, Residential Life; House Parent
    (440) 473-8000 x2208

Mailing Address

34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills, Ohio 44040
phone: (440) 473-8000

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An independent, Catholic, coed, day and boarding school in the Holy Cross tradition. Toddler-Grade 12.