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Diverse & Inclusive Community

We are committed to building and sustaining a community diverse in membership in numerous ways. Increasing our racial and ethnic diversity for both students and faculty is a top priority.

Programs and Events

Each year, the school offers events designed specifically to acknowledge and celebrate multicultural awareness. Some of these events include:

  • Diversity Guest Author Series—Developed in 2006, every year we invite an award-winning writer or literary voice whose work introduces our Middle School students and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students to diverse cultural backgrounds. Read more.
  • Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.—Every January, students in each division attend a special assembly that honors the life, legacy, and impact of Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition, Lower School students participate in a "living museum" consisting of special activities and Middle School students plan and present readings and reflections at an annual breakfast attended by family members. Read more.
  • Middle School Assembly Speakers—Head of Middle School Warren Sepkowitz invites members of the Country Day community, including parents and faculty/staff, to serve as guest speakers and share their stories, experiences, and perspectives on issues of inclusion, similarity, and difference.
  • POCIS-Sponsored Events—include an annual cookout for all students, parents, and faculty and staff to kickoff the school year and celebrate multicultural awareness at Country Day, a Daughter's Choice Dance, and an Upper School Senior Showcase to honor graduating seniors of POCIS families and students who support diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read more.

  • Alumni Diversity Awareness Forum (DAF) Luncheon—Held annually and in collaboration between the Office of Diversity Planning and Alumni Relations, this event invites college-aged alumni diversity leaders to return to campus and share their experiences with current students who participate in DAF groups. 

Our Program

Partnerships

We proudly partner with four organizations to help identify talented students and faculty of color. These include:

  • A Better Chance (ABC)—Since 1987, we have enrolled 46 students of color through the ABC partnership.
  • Sugar Creek Charter School (SCCS)—We have enrolled 24 Upper School students since the partnership began in 2013.
  • GenOne—Since 2019, we have welcomed six students to Country Day.
  • Hearst Teaching Fellowship—Since 1994, we have welcomed 26 Davidson Hearst Teaching Fellows, several of whom become full-time faculty members. 
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