Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
GCDS Diversity Equity, and Inclusion Statement of Purpose
The DEI Task Force of the Board of Trustees recently drafted the Statement of Purpose below which has been endorsed by the Board of Trustees. We urge the GCDS community to review it and discuss with your children. This is an important step in our collective responsibility and accountability for this commitment to treat all members of our community with dignity, respect, and fairness.
Greenwich Country Day School aims to build
an inclusive, just, and equitable community reflecting
the multitude of human identities and perspectives in our world.
Our school-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion programming serves as a catalyst for intellectual development and a means of fostering the growth of each individual’s capacity for self-awareness, citizenship, and leadership in a global society. We recognize this work is never-ending and we continually create brave, developmentally appropriate spaces for community members to explore all aspects of identity.
Our collective commitment to honor human dignity is sustained, developed, and evaluated through anti-bias and anti-racist practice and pedagogy. We become a stronger community when we:
- Nurture meaningful learning through interactions and collaborations between people of diverse and intersecting identities, including but not limited to, race, ethnicity, socioeconomics, religion, gender, sexual orientation, family structure, age, ability, and learning styles.
- Embolden empathic, culturally competent leaders who celebrate and value a diversity of life experiences and identities, actively listen to new perspectives, and appreciate and respect the uniqueness of all individuals.
- Develop community members who are willing to examine themselves and reflect on their role, in the context of inequality in our world and in our school.
- Foster advocates and allies, who can identify injustice and thoughtfully participate in creating pathways to positive change.
Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
A dedicated Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion led by director Chrissy Colón-Bradt facilitates and inspires our on-going efforts to foster a deep sense of connection and belonging for every member of the GCDS mosaic.
Mrs. Colón-Bradt works closely with faculty and staff on both curriculum design and professional development, in addition to guiding student leadership groups.
@GCDSTigers: Grade 1 students explored mixing skin shade paint colors for their self portrait project!
@GCDSTigers: In celebration of Black History Month, Upper School students met in their advisory groups to learn, then discuss, the history of roller skating in connection to the civil rights movement and black culture. After the lesson, one grade 10 student said: "Discussing the part that roller skating has had in our nation’s history was an eye-opening and unexpected lesson for me as I not only learned that it was a way for Americans to recover socially from the 2nd World War, but that it became a way for black communities to come together and find expression. I found it interesting how skating rinks served as establishments where friends and family could come together and find safety through dancing and music."