Diversity and Inclusion


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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.

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

Country Day Definitions


Diversity measures the number of different people in a group. It is determined by many characteristics including race, gender, ethnicity, culture, national origin, socio-economic status, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, neurodiversity, family makeup, and more.

Diversity promotes understanding and empowerment through the representation of a wide range of community differences. Our Country Day community strives to represent the larger community of Sacramento, working toward inclusion, empowerment of individuality, and celebration of differences.


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.


Families of Color, Sacramento
Parent Affinity Group

Country Day’s Families of Color, Sacramento (FOCS) Affinity Group offers its members the opportunity to build community, strengthen inclusive practices, and share resources and connect on topics important to the development and support of children of color.


Black Student Union
High School Club

Country Day’s Black Student Union (BSU) is committed to building awareness, education, and a new level of consciousness about being an African American or Black student in today’s society. 

The club was founded by students in the Class of 2020, Naomi Turnbull and Jewel Turner. Director of Advancement Rachelle Doyle and Third Grade teacher LaTeeka Bradford are the club’s faculty advisors.



Latinx Student Union
High School Club

Country Day’s Latinx Student Union (LSU) club offers students the opportunity to discuss the topics of identity, culture, and how society views the Latinx community. Students are able to discuss these topics while often including fun cultural games to relax and step down from all of the societal issues the Latinx community faces.

Dra. Patricia Portillo is the faculty advisor for this club.


Gender & Sexuality Alliance
High School Club

Country Day’s Gender & Sexuality Alliance works to support LGBTQA+ students and create a safe and welcoming environment for the community at Country Day. All high school students, parents, faculty, and staff are welcome to join the alliance.

 Jason Hinojosa is the faculty advisors for this club.

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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.


2020 AP CSA Female Diversity Award

Sacramento Country Day School (Country Day) has earned the 2020 College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science A. The award recognizes schools that are closing the gender gap and engaging more female students in computer science coursework. Out of the 20,000 institutions worldwide that offer AP Computer science courses, Country Day was one of 232 recognized in the category of AP Computer Science A for 2020.

Read our January 26, 2021 news release for more.