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Diversity

Diversity

As an essential component to our commitment-to-character education, we value an inclusive community, committed to equity and justice for all of our constituencies. We welcome all genders, orientations, religions, beliefs, races, cultures and ethnicities.

The La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) community represents students, faculty, staff and trustees of different cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Currently, 33 percent of our students self-identify as students of color and 14 percent self-identify as mixed race. We believe a diverse community contributes to a more enriching experience for every adult and student at the school. Many studies conclude that diversity is the key to a thriving and happy environment in both educational and professional settings. As we prepare our students to be global citizens, we work to ensure that every child has the skills and awareness to embrace humanity in all of its diversity.

Social Justice Clubs

Clubs and organizations at LJCDS gives students an opportunity to engage in the community while giving them a voice to pursue topics or activities of interest.

Students Advocating Gender Equality (SAGE) is a student-led club consisting of a diverse group of students of all genders who are committed to working toward a world in which a person’s gender does not limit his/her rights or opportunities.

Spectrum is a student-run club in association with the nationally recognized Gender and Sexuality Alliance network, which seeks to promote discussions and support for topics concerning sexual orientation, gender identity and trans and homophobia. Everyone is welcome—lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, queer, questioning and straight students. Club leaders reach out to local and national LGBTQIA leaders to gain knowledge and perspective about the ever-evolving language and national conversations that affect the LGBTQIA community.

Diversity Advocates

While the entire school community values diversity, LJCDS has sponsored select members of the community to take leadership in raising awareness about topics pertaining to diversity, equity and inclusion in our school. For the past several years, LJCDS has participated in the National Association of Independent Schools’ (NAIS) People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference, among other professional development opportunities.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they  can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”  

Nelson Mandela
“We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community—and this nation.”

Cesar Chavez

Diversity Advocates

List of 20 members.

  • Gary Krahn 

    Head of School
    (858) 453-3440 x240
  • Daniella Aviles 

    World Language Teacher
    (858) 453-3440 x287
  • Cindy Bravo 

    US Visual Arts Teacher; US Filmmaking Teacher; Gallery Coordinator
    (858) 453-3440 x245
  • Maria Curtis 

    Assistant Head of Lower School
    (858) 453-3440 x191
  • Indigo Dow 

    Grade 7 and Grade 8 History Teacher
    (858) 453-3440 x385
  • LaNaadrian Easterling 

    Guidance Counselor
    (858) 453-3440 x166
  • Brooke Laundon 

    Assistant Head of Middle School
    (858) 453-3440 x171
  • Jean Ah Lee 

    Math Teacher, Surf Coach
    (858) 453-3440 x332
  • Dana Marquardt 

    Science Teacher
    (858) 453-3440 x142
  • Colleen O'Boyle 

    Head of Middle School
    (858) 453-3440 x172
  • Inez Odom 

    Assistant Head of School for Enrollment and Outreach
    (858) 453-3440 x273
  • Blair Overstreet 

    History and Social Science Teacher
    (858) 453-3440 x268
  • Robin Stewart 

    English & History Teacher
    (858) 453-3440 x194
  • Julie Strong 

    Upper School Dean of Faculty, Science Teacher
    (858) 453-3440 x257
  • Tiffany Tran 

    Director of Marketing and Communications
    (858) 453-3440 x119
  • Felicia Tripoli 

    Lower School Associate Teacher
    (858) 453-3440 x222
  • Chris Uyeda 

    Science Teacher
    (858) 453-3440 x340
  • May Vukotich 

    College Counseling Associate
    (858) 453-3440 x344
  • Keri Worth 

    Assistant Director of Admission
    (858) 453-3440 x132
  • Kevin Worth 

    Director of Transportation and Operations
    (858) 453-3440 x177