We believe that students benefit significantly from an education that affirms respect and inclusivity as core values. Country Day’s Office of Diversity Planning was established to ensure that our diverse community is supported with resources, policies, and curricula.
Vision, Mission, and Goals
Our vision is to become the country’s most admired and recognized independent school for leadership in diversity and inclusion. The Office of Diversity Planning was established in 1998 to accomplish three overall goals:
- Ensure Country Day fulfills its mission-directed key value of Diversity
- Build a welcoming and supportive environment
- Strengthen/increase racial diversity
We aspire to be a school community that not only values the principles of inclusivity, equity, and justice, but rather, a community that puts these principles to practice on a daily basis.
Over the past 14 years, we have continued to grow together and to learn from each other evolving as a school. In 2008, we changed our mission key value of Diversity to the key value Community. As such, we created a road map; it is our Affirmation of Community. This affirmation commits us to living as an authentic, diverse, and inclusive school community.
Affirmation of Community
Charlotte Country Day School is committed to living as an authentic, inclusive community.
Our pursuit of this commitment to community recognizes and affirms the richness brought by difference and discovered through commonality. Our pursuit of this commitment manifests itself in:
- Building and sustaining a community diverse in membership.
- Acceptance and respect for differences in age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, physical ability, or socioeconomic circumstances.
- Curriculum which equips students to think critically, to act respectfully, and to show sensitivity to the needs and feelings of others.
- Curriculum which educates for the future and which prepares students for participation in local and global communities.
- Faculty and staff who know and affirm each individual child, who actively seek to understand and appreciate perspectives different from their own, and who model for their students the valuing of diversity.
- Accountability for behaviors which convey disrespect for others and courage and trust to acknowledge and grow from missteps and misunderstandings in our personal interactions within our diverse community.
- Inclusive school events which seek to create common experiences, fellowship, and understanding.
- School culture and climate which allow each member to feel valued and affirmed and thereby promote belonging and foster community ownership.
- Awareness that living in community and embracing diversity are an active process, a continual journey which engages us in personal and institutional self-assessment, reflection, and openness to growth and change.
Valuing differences and affirming community is something every single one of us can do—and must do, if we are to reach our destination. BRIAN WISE, DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY PLANNING