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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Stuart

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Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat called on our Sacred Heart communities to model respect, compassion, forgiveness and generosity.

Therefore, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart joins other schools in the Sacred Heart Network who are called to live our daily lives promoting universal respect, in which each person is honored, loved and cared for, and where young women are educated to an understanding of and deep respect for diversity. We believe a diverse community challenges us to make God’s love visible in the world, improves our lives as we learn and grow together and affords each of us a deeper understanding of our collective humanity.

We expect all members of the Stuart community, being guided by a spirit of love, to accept individuals’ differences, which include, but are not limited to, ability, age, ethnicity, family structure, gender, learning style, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. We believe that all in our community should feel valued and respected, be able to share their knowledge and gifts and be given the opportunity to thrive as equal contributors in enriching life at Stuart.

Curriculum and Programming

Faculty and Staff Development

Stuart has invested approximately $100,000 over the past decade in professional development and speaking engagements specifically related to diversity, equity and inclusion work including:

  • Faculty and Staff Diversity Committee: Stuart faculty and staff are invited to participate in its ‘Diversity Committee’ which provides critical feedback and facilitates conversation around key initiatives and programming. 

  • Student-led Training: Students who have participated in the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference run parent, faculty and staff trainings and programs.

  • People of Color Conference (POCC): Stuart sends all faculty and staff who identify as a person of color and wish to attend. 

  • Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED): Through the National SEED Project (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity), Stuart trains faculty, staff and trustees to drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward social justice. More than 30 members of the Stuart community have participated to-date. All Stuart faculty and staff will be trained within 3 years of employment.

  • Diversity Directions Independent School Seminar:  Ten members of the Stuart community have participated in Diversity Directions, an intensive diversity training program, as of June 2020. 

Parent and Family Engagement

  • Parent Affinity Groups: Stuart is blessed to have a richly diverse community. To facilitate safe spaces for connection, collaboration and 

    • Black Heritage Group

    • Chinese Parent Association

    • Southeast Asian Association

    • Dad’s Club

  • Diversity Coffees: Stuart hosts regularly scheduled diversity coffees to facilitate conversation and dialogue between parents, and between parents and faculty and staff.

Commitment to Economic Diversity

Over 40% of students at Stuart receive some sort of tuition assistance to attend. In addition to providing financial support for students from various income levels, Stuart offers additional assistance to students through the Stuart Experience program. The Stuart Experience is designed to ensure that all students are able to participate in Stuart’s signature programming through service experiences, technology, social engagements and critical academic opportunities such as AP exams and academic books. In addition, all Middle and Upper School students, regardless of tuition assistance provided, receive lunch as part of their tuition. 

Stuart partners with NJ SEEDS and A Better Chance to identify talented, mission-appropriate students who would thrive at Stuart.