“Belonging is the innate human desire to be part of something larger than us. Because this yearning is so primal, we often try to acquire it by fitting in and by seeking approval, which are not only hollow substitutes for belonging, but often barriers to it. Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”    ~ Brené Brown from The Gifts of Imperfection


We want all members of the MCDS community to be -- and feel -- seen and valued.  We intentionally create and nurture a sense of belonging through our curriculum, community education, affinity and peer groups and collaborative partnerships.