Equity, Inclusion & Diversity

Program Mission Statement
At North Shore Country Day School, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to the fulfillment of our mission, to the achievement of educational excellence, and to the creation of a better world. We are committed to building a community that is diverse in terms of race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and economic background. Diversity, though, is about more than just numbers. Therefore, we also strive to create an inclusive community where all people are treated with respect and dignity, where multiple perspectives and experiences are welcome, and where students from all cultures and backgrounds can succeed. North Shore Country Day engages its community members in working to develop cultural competencies that allow us to communicate and interact effectively across cultures. Both inside and outside of the classroom, learning from and coming to understand differences and commonalities enrich us and empower us with skills for living in a diverse, twenty­first­century world. Grappling with the complex issues of this world enables us to explore the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens in a democratic society and to examine a range of ways in which to participate in developing a more just and equitable society. We invite all members of the community to join us in this continuous learning journey.

Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Council
A group of faculty representatives from Lower, Middle and Upper School meet throughout the year to discuss issues of equity and justice. The council leads the community's work by hosting speakers, facilitating faculty readings and discussions, and coordinating work with students in their divisions.

Themes
Each year, the council chooses a theme to implement in each of the three divisions. In the Lower School, the theme is integrated through Kaleidoscope community time and in classrooms. In the Middle School, students engage in curricular discussions and in cross-grade advisory discussions. In the Upper School, dialogue on these topics occurs in class and is also facilitated through House and Advisory activities.

2016­-2017
Telling Our Stories: Courage, Understanding, Hope and Change
This year’s theme will build on what was explored last year as students and faculty strive to listen and understand each other’s stories, in addition to hearing others—outside our community—tell their stories using a variety of media.

2015­-2016
Cultural Identity: The Intersection of the Individual and Society
During the year, the council worked with students and faculty in all divisions to develop a common language around identity and to explore their own and others identities.
North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919.  With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.

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