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.

Our Beliefs

We believe: 

  • Academic excellence and learning are undergirded by a sense of community and belonging as well as a diversity of experiences and perspectives.

  • By embracing diversity, we expand our understanding of others and become a safer, more positive, and caring environment that expands each individual’s sense of belonging and importance to our community.

  • Our school community can be a model of inclusiveness.

Our Practice

While our work is ongoing, we have taken a number of concrete steps to infuse diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our school, including the following:

  • We have utilized the NAIS Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM) survey to evaluate our competencies and areas for growth.

  • Our curriculum goal is to provide windows (new viewpoints) and mirrors (reflections of known experiences) for all students. 

  • We aim to foster an environment in which we acknowledge and understand both similarities and differences. 

  • We seek to help students develop the skills to think critically and engage respectfully in civil discourse. 

  • We work to ensure that people of all abilities can access and engage with school resources and information.

  • Faculty and staff participate in conferences and a variety of professional development opportunities around equity and inclusion. 

  • We continue to strengthen our processes to enroll a diverse student body and to recruit and retain board members, teachers, staff, and administrative leadership from diverse backgrounds. 

  • CDS creates engagement opportunities for families of students of color.

  • An active Equity and Inclusion Committee (E&I) works to increase awareness of diversity in curriculum, systems, and our institution as a whole. The committee also hosts educational events and community forums on campus. 

  • CDS is an active participant in The National SEED Project, a peer-led professional development program that drives personal, organizational, and societal change toward greater equity and diversity.

  • CDS is a member of the Western North Carolina Diversity Engagement Coalition (WNC-DEC), a network of some of western North Carolina’s largest employers. Through WNC-DEC, participating organizations build and support a more diverse workforce in WNC.