Student Programs & Organizations
The Office of Diversity Planning serves as a resource to involve student groups in programming opportunities, national conferences, and current events on and off campus. Through meaningful collaboration with our student organizations and clubs, the Office of Diversity Planning is able to build supportive and lasting relationships with students.
Student Organizations & Clubs
Student Diversity Leadership Corps
The Student Diversity Leadership Corps (SDLC) provides selected Upper School students with a leadership opportunity to assist and support the Office of Diversity Planning in building and sustaining a diverse and culturally inclusive school. The SDLC collaborates with the Diversity Awareness Forum, our Upper School administration, and Diversity Planning team, to develop activities and events that promote a deeper knowledge of self, respect for others, and a commitment to affirming community and inclusion for our faculty and student body.
The Student Diversity Leaders are also given the privilege of attending the National Association of Independent School's Student Diversity Leadership Conference and are required to share their experiences with the peers upon their return.
Diversity Awareness Forum (DAF)
The mission of the DAF is to promote a general respect for people's differences by creating an open-minded environment that embraces all people, ideas, and cultures. We will strive to break all stereotypes and to educate through exposure to communities both outside and within our own.
Strategically aligned with the Country Day Affirmation of Community, the forum inspires open discussion and engagement within various student clubs. The DAF serves as the umbrella community to bring together the voices of the various clubs/committees of the DAF which include:
- Interfaith Club
- El Foro Hispano
- Black Student Union
- International Club
- PRISSM (Promoting Respect Inclusion and Safety for Sexual Minorities)
- SWAG (Super Women's Affinity Group)
- Girl Up
- Asian Affinity Club
The Mosaic Club establishes an awareness of diversity issues by looking at diversity from a variety of perspectives. In the process, students develop leadership skills, feel empowered to speak up, and impact the community at large by creating school and advisory activities that encourage and facilitate a more inclusive community. The group is important because it helps diminish teasing, name-calling, stereotyping, and exclusion in the school at large. It also creates a sense of belonging to a larger, shared community.
African American Affinity Group
The African American Afinity Group allows students who share a common cultural identifier to come together in the form of affirmation, nurturing, and celebration. Affinity groups are a safe and protected environment designed to support students in building community, identifying issues, sharing successes, and promoting ideas for inclusion. The overarching vision for Affinity Group work at Country Day is to provide a place for fellowship and empowerment where participants can discuss salient issues and common concerns.
Every year, Country Day invites a Guest Author whose work introduces Middle School students to diverse cultural backgrounds. Additionally, we invite 350 students from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to our campus to hear the guest speaker. Pictured above is Joseph Bruchac, who has written more than 120 books, many of which focus on northeastern American Indians. Other guest authors have included Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Walter Dean Myers, Jacqueline Woodson, Sonia Levitin, and Justina Chen.
Country Day takes seriously our commitment to the key value of community: We respect each individual, embrace diversity, and value the relationships uniting us as a school.