Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance (IDEA)

Overview

Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance

Our Philosophy

Sacramento Country Day School is committed to supporting a diverse campus community. In addition to welcoming families and faculty of all backgrounds, we continually strive to integrate issues of diversity into our academic curricula. Beyond school, SCDS encourages students to participate in community service projects that build a better connection with the world outside our campus.

Faculty and Staff of Color Affinity Group

Sacramento Country Day’s Faculty and Staff Affinity Group provides a safe space for community building, networking, and varied support opportunities for people, who, by virtue of their race or ethnicity, comprise a form of diversity termed “people of color” in independent schools. This affinity group serves as an affirming, revitalizing, and energizing space for people whose histories as well as contemporary cultural dynamics gives us a different experience of an independent school community. 

We encourage this affinity group to be recognized as different from a diversity committee. The purpose of the affinity group is to help people of color on campus better understand their roles of advancing Sacramento Country Day School’s equity, justice, and inclusion around racial and ethnic identity. Our meeting space offers a safe environment where these conversations can happen effectively.

Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance (IDEA)

Sacramento Country Day School’s Diversity Committee educates our community to foster an environment in which all members feel appreciated, respected, safe, and prepared to be successful in a diverse world.

As an advisory committee of faculty, administrators, and parents, the Diversity Committee meets monthly to discuss a wide variety of issues of concern to the community, including ways to support the students, faculty, and families at SCDS. The Diversity Committee helped to start our Helping Hands partnership with the Rulindo Schools in Rwanda. 

Since its founding in 2000, the successes of the Diversity Committee have included the following:

  • organizing workshops for faculty professional development, including the “World of Difference” full-day diversity training for faculty and staff
  • sponsoring assemblies and student activities in conjunction with the World Languages and Music Departments, such as World Cultures Day and Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations
  • establishing the lunchtime movie series and Leadership Luncheon presentations with support from the Matthews Library staff and High School students and faculty
  • supporting Helping Hands: the SCDS-Rulindo Partnership with the Rulindo Schools in Rwanda
  • publishing diversity newsletters and sharing information in the Highlights newsletter
  • providing faculty with curriculum and resource materials via divisional meetings, newsletters, emails, and displays

For more information or to share an idea or concern, please contact the chair by email at diversity@saccds.org