Faculty Advisors: Manny Avila, Zac Fanni, Denise Steadman
The Diversity Group arose from one of several student focus group meetings and aims to amplify minority voices within the CDS community and create actionable plans so that every person feels welcome and included and can celebrate what makes them unique. Because diversity fosters creativity and new perspectives by encouraging intercultural interactions, the club helps the community to acknowledge prejudice and explore what it means to be an ally and advocate. Embracing uncomfortable conversations and addressing collective shortcomings have been driving forces for change.
In addition to presenting the unconscious bias session and providing a diversity lens to school-wide events, the club has plans for initiatives around social justice, mental health, the intersection between race and sexuality, and the role class plays in shaping perspectives. The club works collaboratively to make change in the CDS community and to create a more inclusive, equitable society where everyone has an opportunity to thrive.
“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with bright, creative, caring and passionate students and colleagues who aspire to make change through education and honest dialogue.” Denise Steadman, Faculty Advisor
"Fostering safe and inclusive environments for everyone is incredibly important, as we make everyone feel welcome and create a more engaging and enriching environment." Neyla Kirby ’22, Student Coordinator
“I joined Diversity to help change the perception of people of colour in the school and to have a lasting impact on the CDS community for the students to come.” Riya Chopra ’22