The Sage School is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus and school community, and we are actively working toward this important goal. It begins with our school’s statement on diversity, which reads:
Our Philosophy on Diversity
The Sage School values diversity, equity, and inclusion and understands our experience in the world is shaped by many factors, including age, ethnicity, family structure, sex, gender identity, nationality, ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic background.
Exposing students, faculty, and staff to a wide range of ideas, experiences, and cultures, examining and challenging preconceptions, and exploring different ways of thinking and knowing enhance the learning experience and reflect the school’s educational mission of honoring adolescence and the vision of creating thriving human and ecological communities.
At The Sage School, we strive to build and sustain a diverse and equitable community and to gain a clearer understanding of how to engage compassionately in interconnected communities. To this end, The Sage School’s inclusive approach leads to a welcoming, supportive, and healthy school community that both embraces differences and promotes genuine respect.
The work of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion can be difficult. It includes an analysis of power dynamics and the root causes of these, acknowledging and then working to combat one’s own biases, whether explicit or implicit, examining our relationships with others, and even the language we use on a daily basis.
The Sage School staff has actively sought out external resources to help us along this path. Our former Diversity Coordinator attended the 2018 NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute and, with the tools and information she gained, got our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team up and running in the fall of 2018. The DEI team continues to meet 1-2 times per trimester to discuss ideas, evaluate progress, and celebrate successes.
The specific work we’ve engaged in over the past 15 months includes:
- A 1-day workshop for faculty and staff, entitled “Embodying Equity: Introduction to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness,” with the non-profit group Creative Strategies for Change.
- Each band (students and teachers) read and discussed our DEI Philosophy statement, focusing on understanding the goals of the statement and the language within it.
- Each faculty member identified their own DEI goals.
- At our January 2019 Open House, we for the first time offered Spanish translators in order to make that event more accessible to Spanish speakers.
- Creative Strategies for Change conducted a review of many of our written materials, and we are working to implement their suggestions.
- Three faculty members attended a 3-hour workshop with Robin DiAngelo, noted author, in September 2018.
Our immediate goals for the coming year include:
- Conducting a survey of our families in order to better understand how they self-identify
- Identifying and presenting longer-term DEI goals in the realms of financial aid, admissions, and staffing.
- Continue to develop and strengthen relationships with leaders and constituents of various community groups in our valley, particularly through our Community Action program.
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