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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is actively committed to creating and sustaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive community. The school’s diversity, equity and inclusivity commitment is grounded in its core value of fostering a culture of dignity—one that believes all human beings have inherent worth and value. 

LJCDS welcomes and values all races, ethnicities, gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, abilities, family structures, religions and sexual orientations. We know a diverse community contributes to a more enriching teaching and learning experience. A safe and inclusive environment is critical to students’ well-being and academic achievement. 

As we prepare students to be global citizens, we will work to ensure that every child has the skills and awareness to embrace humanity in all of its diversity and to strive to make the world a more just, equitable and inclusive place.

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  • 37%

    students self-identify as students of color
  • 10%

    students self-identify as multiracial
  • 31%

    faculty of color
  • 30%

    trustees of color

Program and Opportunities

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Progress and Goals

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  • 2020-2021 Goals

    • Publish the report of AIM assessment 
    • Develop strategic action items as a result of the school’s culture and climate assessments
    • Hire a DEI director  
    • Establish speaker series theme focused on DEI, Restorative Justice and BIPOC voices 
    • Establish DEI Alignment working group (all divisions and departments working together to align missions and goals)
    • All-school Transgender/Non-binary Inclusion Training 
    • Diversity audit of library materials, beginning with picture books
    • Establish a parent/guardian culturally responsive discussion group with readings
    • Enhance and refine LJCDS’s hiring process in regards to diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure a fair and equitable hiring process. Partner with diversity-focused hiring and recruitment firms.
  • 2019-2020 Progress

 
 

History/Heritage Months

Definitions

Diversity is the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs. (Ferris State University)

Inclusion is involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized. An inclusive university promotes and sustains a sense of belonging; it values and practices respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of its members. (Ferris State University)

Equity and Justice focus on empowerment and co-ownership of the community in strategically building on and sustaining diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusivity. (NAIS) 

Anti-Racism is defined as the work of actively opposing racism by advocating for changes in political, economic, and social life. Anti-racism tends to be an individualized approach and set up in opposition to individual racist behaviors and impacts. (Racial Equity Tools) 

Meet the Team

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  • Photo of Conor Foley

    Conor Foley 

    Grade 4 Educator; Lower School DEI Representative
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  • Photo of Indigo Dow

    Indigo Dow 

    MS Dean of Diversity, Equity & Culture; Asst. Football Coach
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  • Photo of Robin Stewart

    Robin Stewart 

    US English, Humanities Educator; US Coordinator - Equity, Inclusion & Community Engagement
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  • Photo of Jennifer Turner

    Jennifer Turner 

    Director of Head’s Office and Board Relations; Diversity Coordinator
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Acronyms


AAPI

Asian, Asian Pacific-Islander 

AIM Committee

Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism

BIPOC

Black, Indigenous and People of Color

BSU

Black Student Union

DEI

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

FSID

Families Supporting Inclusion and Diversity 

NAIS PoCC

National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference
 

RSDS

Regional Student Diversity Summit

SDLC

Student Diversity Leadership Committee 

SoCal POCIS

Southern California People of Color in Independent Schools

WASC

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

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