In celebration of Black History Month, class moms Carlyne Beverly and Olphca Bourciquot gave a presentation to the whole EC about famous African Americans throughout history. They started with reading a story about Henry "Box" Brown, who mailed himself in a wooden box from slavery in Virginia to freedom in Pennsylvania.
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.
Chinese New Year is the most important Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. Last Thursday during flex, students from Chinese Club held a Chinese New Year Celebration in Stuart Little Theater to share their culture and tradition with the entire upper school.
On Tuesday, February 5, our Chinese Parents Group and Stuart students treated the entire community to a live performance and dumpling tasting in celebration of Chinese New Year.
The Lower School held its second annual Lunar New Year celebration on Tuesday, February 5. The second grade performed the origin myth about the Nian, an animal that attacked a small Chinese village and the people who outsmarted it. The kindergarten shared the story about the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.
On Friday, the Upper School Black Student Union held a Sacred Heart Assembly to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Girls from all divisions spoke about how they live out Dr. King's vision through the five Sacred Heart Goals here at Stuart.