Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our Philosophy: YOU BELONG

At Carolina Day, we value and support diversity in all its dimensions, including but not limited to age, ability, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, country of origin, religion, culture, sexual orientation, learning differences, physical attributes, socioeconomic position, and social circumstance. 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion at Carolina Day are a direct extension of our mission and core beliefs. We promote respect for all people. Carolina Day aspires to be a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive organization for our students, parents, faculty, staff, and the greater community.  As a learning community, we are committed to equity and inclusion; we therefore cultivate culture, policies, resources, and curriculum that offer a variety of experiences and perspectives. 

A key component of these beliefs and our commitment to this work is an understanding of how equity and inclusion relate to each other. To us,

  • Equity ensures fair treatment, equality of opportunity, and parity in access to information and resources for all. This is only possible in an environment built on respect and dignity.

  • Inclusion means building and sustaining communities that support equity in policies, programs, and practices. It is the intentional act of welcoming diversity and creating an environment where all people can thrive and succeed.

You Belong Student Advisory Board

Inspired by attendance at the annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference, many of our students are meeting regularly as part of the You Belong Student Advisory Board, a group that has recently hosted student forums and made presentations to the Board of Trustees and to the CDS community as the focus of the most recent PA Presents. For more information about the You Belong Student Advisory Board and the activities taking place, you can follow the Instagram account @youbelong_cds.

Elizabeth Garland

Assistant Director Alumni Relations and Community Engagement, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator

Missy Sullivan

Middle School Counselor, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Coordinator

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