Equity & Inclusion

From Arjuna Sayyed, Director of Equity & Inclusion

At Park Day School, equity and inclusion are core values that shape our relationships and program. We believe that diversity makes the world a better place, and that anti-racist and anti-bias teaching alongside cultural education can foster and shape healthy communities. Through thoughtful educational practices around equity and inclusion, students are better prepared to be informed, courageous, and compassionate people who shape a more equitable and sustainable world.

All of us, regardless of age, must learn specific competencies in order to fully participate in diverse environments. As a faculty and staff, we engage in continuous professional development and work with each other every day to challenge assumptions and engage in equity work to strengthen our school community. Our approach includes best practices from Teaching Tolerance and Anti-Bias Curriculum

Anti-Racist Family Resources

Furthering values of equity and inclusion means not shying away from hard conversations. If hurtful talk stemming from difference in identity, appearance, background, or ability, enters onto the playground or in the classroom, we address it head on. Using Restorative Practices, we work with students, teachers, and families to repair harm in authentic ways. This work takes time and doesn’t always resolve quickly, but we are committed to partnering with each other to create a safe space for all students. 

When everyone in our community is able to bring their whole selves to school and feels empowered and celebrated, we all thrive.

Diversity

Students at Park Day School come from many diverse backgrounds: just over 50% of our students are students of color and include 29% who identify as Multiracial; 8% as Black or African American; 7% as Hispanic/Latino/a/x; 7% as Asian/Desi American, and 49% as White. 5% of students are from LGBTQ-headed households. 3% of students identify as transgender or nonbinary. 40% of faculty and staff identify as people of color.

Affinity & Alliance Groups

Affinity and alliance groups come together to educate the community, share traditions and form new bonds. Cultural and identity-focused events such as Diwali, Lunar New Year, Black History Month, and Pride are highlights of our Friday assemblies. We work with students to encourage and develop pride in personal identities, and are starting work to build student affinity groups as a community.

  • Diversity & Justice Alliance (parents)
  • Families with Children of Color Affinity Group (families)
  • Gender Justice Alliance (families)
  • Learning Support Alliance (parents)
  • Pride Club (students)
  • Staff of Color (faculty & staff)
  • White Allies (faculty & staff)