Family, Friends, School Partnership, Parent/Guardian, Alumni
Guardian of the School’s mission and financial sustainability
Goal: Create an infrastructure that supports the importance of DEI work at the highest leadership levels of the Institution
All members of our community must have the capacity to engage in a manner that demonstrates fluency and strong capabilities to address matters of race, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Establish cultural competence and an antiracist culture among all school leadership, faculty, staff, and students through continued, mandatory training, professional development, and education in antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion, facilitating more conversations to evaluate and understand privileges, implicit biases, and positionality.
New Mission launch April 2021 As the school has evolved and recognized the importance of belonging in a space where every student is known, so has the mission statement. In a recent update to the strategic plan, Miami Country Day School's mission statement has changed to the following and will be slowly rolled out over the next academic year: “Our mission is to empower every student, every day, everywhere to learn deeply, explore with purpose, strive for excellence, and serve with honor, respect, and compassion as global citizens. We do this in a community where every student is known and included by engaging the whole child, in and out of the classroom as they discover their full potential.” Our Values: Purpose – Respect – Compassion – Honor – Wisdom
August 2020. The committee meets once a month. The Diversity Committee of the Board is responsible for ensuring continuing Board and institutional progress toward the intentions of Miami Country Day School’s strategic plan, board goals concerning diversity, equity and inclusion, and the Head of School’s work plan objectives that focus on opportunity and equitable student success. The Diversity Committee of the Board is kept apprised of the school DEI priorities and processes as well as the school’s implementation of programs and initiatives. The committee works with the Head of School to establish strategies and resources to support the school to advance its goals related to DEI. The committee works with school leaders in DEI to ensure that board members are familiar with and able to represent to community stakeholders the on-going efforts underway at the school (e.g. cultural competency trainings, professional and faculty development work in DEI, Social Justice workshops, etc.). General responsibilities:
Understand and create a commitment to the school’s identified goals concerning DEI.
Assist the Board in incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion into Board goals and priorities.
Nurture a collaborative culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion through discussing issues in a meeting environment that respects and values divergent points of view while being careful to avoid patterns of power and privilege that contribute to the chilling of free expression.
Make recommendations to the Board of Trustees, as are deemed appropriate by the Head of School and the Diversity Committee of the Board members.
March 2021.The group meets once a month. To advance racial equity, there is work for white people and people of color to do separately and together. This work group provides a space for people to work within their own racial/ethnic groups. For white allies, this group provides time and space to work explicitly and intentionally on understanding white culture and white privilege and to increase one’s critical analysis around these concepts. This group also puts the responsibility on white people to teach each other about these ideas, rather than placing a burden on people of color to teach them.
Goal: Foster a culture that promotes respect, instills responsibility to uphold our core values, and enables students and adults to speak up against inequity.
Miami Country Day is grounded in the core value of respect, and compassion in a community where every student is known and included in their unique ideas and beliefs. There is no place for hate in our school community.
In addition to our existing nondiscrimination and diversity policies, we adopted an antiracism policy and community standards to explicitly state our intolerance of behaviors that compromise the experience of any community member.
Spring 2021 “As a member of the Spartan community, we put students at the center of all we do by modeling our values of purpose, respect, compassion, honor, and wisdom. We value diverse perspectives, shared experiences, and uphold the dignity of each member of our global community.”
Review of the Student and Faculty and Staff handbook to address racism and discrimination and clearly articulate community standards regarding equity. Examine the culture around the school’s disciplinary system to ensure an equitable, educational, transparent, and restorative process.
August 2020 Carving time in students' schedules in all divisions to develop student programming around DEI.Middle and Upper School have dedicated time in the student schedule for DEI programming
Goal: Strengthen our care and support for students and community members impacted by systemic racism and any discrimination based (but not limited to) age, ethnicity, and race, family status, gender, geographic origin, learning styles, mental or physical ability, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.
Developing our support groups across campus to propose actions that lead to culture and climate improvements.
July 2020 Create a new Lower School Diversity Coordinator part-time position to support teachers, students and the development of inclusive and multicultural curriculum and pedagogy in the Lower School.
April 2021 Further develop programming for international families, families of color and other marginalized groups to support their full inclusion into our community. Creation of the International New Student Network affinity.
The ISNS fosters a supportive environment for incoming international students while providing peer support. The ISNS is dedicated to exposing the Miami Country Day School community to cultures by promoting inclusivity and understanding. We want students to learn from each other's cultures while fostering friendships that honor their individual countries' heritages with respect to tradition, education, and democracy. Our peer support systems include, but are not limited to: a) social activities, such as evening social events, language exchanges, or one-day outings. b) academic support, such as study groups and resourceful messaging chats. c) various joint activities with other student affinity groups.
Create the Alumni of Color Association: to strengthen connections and establish productive interactions among alumni, students, faculty and staff. Continue to deepen engagement and collaboration with Black and historically underrepresented alumni.
Meets December 2020, February 2021, April 2021 The Director of Alumni and Director of DEI facilitate small-group discussions regarding racial healing with alumni
Partner with the Family Engagement Officer in the Office of Admission to support families in their transition to Miami Country Day. Collaboration work with the Parent Diversity Committee in meeting the needs of diverse families: connecting parents per affinity for visits or conversations pertinent to DEI.
Collaborate with the Diversity Committee of the Parents and other parent leaders to establish expectations for parent involvement to support an antiracist culture, including educational programming and a deep understanding of community standards.
Meets once a month
Book/Audio Club: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates,
Seeing White Established closer communication and connection with at least 5 departments at school
Implemented the Black National Anthem at school sports events during Black History Month
Launch the MCDS DEI Committee: Parent, Students, Community partners, Alumni, Faculty: Check the community pulse, engage in conversations, get a maximum of feedback on climate, Share ideas and DEI information with faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and students, Educate: offer recommendations for professional development, student programs, campus events, Make recommendations to school administration.