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Sacramento Country Day School

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Country Day has long been committed to supporting and advancing an equitable and diverse campus, with the goal of fostering an environment in which all members feel appreciated, respected, safe, and prepared to be successful within and beyond our community. 

Our school is dedicated to creating a campus that is reflective and inclusive of the broader Sacramento region, one of the nation’s most diverse communities.

At Country Day we celebrate difference — of race, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, points of view, among others — and we seek to provide a school environment that recognizes difference as our strength and of value to us all. Our guiding principle is that authentic learning thrives when we all discover, create, and collaborate within a diverse and supportive community.

Sacramento Country Day School Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Statement

Country Day believes that a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment enhances one’s sense of belonging, is essential to academic excellence, and prepares students to collaborate in a dynamic, complex, and interconnected world.

Country Day aspires for all members of our community – students, parents, caregivers, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and Trustees – to foster an environment in which everyone feels safe, known, seen, heard, and valued. We work with our students to develop the skills and habits of mind necessary to communicate and act across differences in order to lead in modern society.

In support of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, all members of the Country Day community commit to:

  • Share our unique stories and be open to others

  • Listen with humility and engage respectfully 

  • Learn from different perspectives and experiences 

  • Examine our biases and endeavor to overcome them 

  • Take risks as they engage in courageous conversations 

  • Demonstrate empathy and compassion for those around us

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Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance (IDEA) Committee

Sacramento Country Day School’s IDEA 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, staff, and administrators the IDEA 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 Country Day. 

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

  • Organizing workshops for faculty professional development

  • 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 IDEA leadership team by email at diversity@saccds.org.

IDEA Leadership Team

Tara Adams

Middle & High School Learning Specialist

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Rachelle Doyle

Director of Advancement

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Jo Melinson

Middle & High School Librarian

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Affinity & Alliance Groups

Affinity groups create a space where participants can share identity and experiences. These group meetings can help students to feel more visible and more included in our community and in doing so they enhance our commitment to inclusiveness. Starting in the 2023-24 school year, we will work to provide organizational support for affinity groups in the high school. Our high school students have already met for initial interest sessions and to choose student leaders for the affinity group pilot program.

Affinity vs. alliance groups

Both affinity and alliance groups are intended to bring people together by forging deeper bonds of community. An affinity group is a space reserved for people who share an identity or life experience. An alliance group might be organized and led by people who share an identity, but allies are welcome to join. Both groups are intended to foster inclusion and belonging on our campus, and in doing so enhance our commitment to inclusivity.

Christopher Arns

Affinity & Alliance Groups Coordinator

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IDEA News
2020 AP CSA Female Diversity Award

Sacramento Country Day School has earned the 2020 College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science A.

Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Justice Training for Employees

Dr. Liza Talusan, a highly sought-after facilitator, educator, and scholar-practitioner in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, has been working with Sacramento Country Day School to help us engage in community conversations about how to create a more inclusive and equitable school environment.