On Thursday, students who attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) shared their experiences to a full room of parents and Stuart faculty at the Stuart Parent Diversity Coffee.
Diversity & Inclusion at Stuart
Stuart’s mission is to prepare young women for lives of exceptional leadership and service, through a challenging and innovative curriculum, superb teaching, and close attention to each girl’s personal development.
Members of our faculty and staff participate in The National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project. In addition to localDiversity, Equity and Inclusion professional development opportunities, members of the Stuart Community attend the annual DiversityDirections Seminar, and the People of Color Conference (PoCC).
In addition to faculty and staff involvement in this work, each year, Stuart has been fortunate to take Upper School students to the National Association of Independent Schools’ (NAIS) Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC). SDLC is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9-12) from across the United States. SDLC focuses on self-reflection, forming allies, and building community. Students learn to develop effective cross-cultural communication skills, better understand the nature and development of effective strategies for social justice, practice expression through the arts, and learn networking principles and strategies. In addition to SDLC, Stuart students attend other trainings, workshops and conferences that promote diversity, inclusivity and leadership.
This past year, Stuart Middle and Upper School students presented our first annual Reflections: A Black Her-story Program. Written, directed and produced by Middle School English Teacher Naimah Beyah, the program put the spotlight on important eras, movements and moments within Black history from Africa pre-slavery to present. Through various artistic mediums, students shared Black history from the perspective of young girls and women.
From the Hindu holiday Holi, or “Festival of Colors,” to Chinese New Year, to our annual Flag Ceremony, the Stuart Community celebrates diversity in various forms. Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart is committed to the work of providing an inclusive and equitable environment for all members of the Stuart community.
On Tuesday, December 18, Stuart parent Clyde Beverly visited the Early Childhood classes to teach the boys and girls about Kwanzaa. He taught them how Kwanzaa is an African-inspired holiday where everyone can celebrate community and friendship by sticking together.
This past Friday, December 14, Stuart parents, students and faculty came together to celebrate Kwanzaa: a holiday that honors African heritage and traditions and celebrates family, community and culture. Kwanzaa runs for 7 days from December 26 to January 1 and is based on the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanzaa," which means "first fruits of the harvest."
Ageism is the stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination against people on the basis of their age. It often refers to adults over 40 being overlooked for employment, but it can also refer to discrimination in compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment. According to the US Equal Opportunity Commission, almost 25% of all claims filed by workers are related to age-based discrimination.
Ten faculty members and four students attended the NAIS People of Color Conference/Student Diversity and Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN. The focus of the conference was to support faculty, staff, and students of color and their white allies in diversity, inclusion, and equity work. Both the adults and the students spent the three-day conference engaging in workshops, listening to speakers, and participating in affinity groups.