Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion2021-08-27T10:56:11-04:00

Enriched by Many Voices

We are committed to creating awareness, developing cultural competence, and building a diverse and inclusive environment where all persons are valued for their unique qualities.

Triangle Day School understands that a community is enriched when many different voices, viewpoints, backgrounds and identities are engaged and celebrated. The school respects, affirms, and protects the worth and dignity of all persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, ability, age, sexual orientation, culture, gender, gender identity, or other personal characteristics.

We have thoroughly enjoyed our time at [TDS] thus far. I have been impressed with the teachers already [TK] taking the opportunity to teach about racism for example, in age appropriate ways, but not hiding from truth.

Parent Feedback from Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism Survey

Additionally, TDS understands that students make the most academic, social and emotional gains when they feel valued, safe and wholly accepted by all members of the school community. Every TDS community member brings unique gifts and capabilities, as well as different life experiences that benefit all individuals at TDS.

The importance of building a school community composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs, and capabilities is paramount. Numerous studies have shown that a school’s diversity contributes to the quality of education by pushing students to challenge their assumptions, think critically, empathize with people who are different and work collaboratively to discover creative solutions to real-world problems. TDS strives to graduate students who lead lives of purpose in an increasingly diverse world, and therefore we seek to teach kids to celebrate and respect differences in the broadest sense of the word.

We strive to create a diverse community that reflects our increasingly multicultural world, and we are dedicated to ensuring that everyone feels supported, appreciated and included.

Meet Our Team

Heysha Carrillo
Heysha CarrilloDirector of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Sachin Patel
Sachin PatelBoard of Trustees DEI Committee Chair

Current Parent ’27, ’28

Krishna Munshi
Krishna MunshiDEI Committee Media Officer

Current Parent ’25, ’27

FAQs

Affinity Spaces2021-06-29T15:20:21-04:00
DEI Community Space

A space for all TDS community members to explore ways to strengthen and build diversity at TDS in the curriculum, community, and recruitment. Our shared human experience makes us strong. Accepting and appreciating differences makes us stronger.

Parents of Color

In our climate of ongoing turbulence, PoC is a safe space to come together and have open, meaningful dialogue. It can be a place where individuals may reflect on their own experiences, community issues or concerns, and offer support to other parents of color.

Parents of Students of Color

PoSoC is an affinity space that seeks to reaffirm and support parents of students of color by providing a safe space to come together and have open, meaningful dialogue. If you have a student of color at TDS, regardless of whether you are a person of color, you are welcome to participate. We hope to foster the exploration of one’s own identity, celebration of shared identity, and debriefing of the common challenges and experiences that members of the identity group face.

Professional Development2021-06-29T15:20:49-04:00
People of Color Conference

The People of Color Conference (PoCC) is the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools’ commitment to equity and justice in teaching, learning, and organizational development. The mission of the conference is to provide a safe space for leadership, professional development, and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools.

we are (working to extend anti-racist education)

we are provides anti-racism training for children, parents, and educators, using a three-pronged approach to dismantle systemic racism in education by offering summer camps for children, workshops for parents, and professional development for educators.

Curriculum2021-06-29T15:22:12-04:00

Teachers expose students to a variety of cultures, values and life experiences throughout their curricula. Literature is used both as a way of mirroring students’ experiences and allowing students to peek through a window and develop a deeper understanding of the lives of those who differ from them.

International Week

This annual celebration highlights the diverse cultures around the world, as well as the heritages of school community members. Students participate in hands-on workshops led by parents, teachers and community members. Past workshops have included an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, Latin Dancing, Stories of the Philippines and more. Students get a taste of different cultures at the International Cafe.

Middle School Minimesters

During this day of learning off-campus, there is always at least one trip that connects to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. In recent years, students have traveled to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.

Partnerships2021-06-29T15:23:56-04:00
Students to Scholars

Triangle Day School is proud to partner with Students to Scholars (S2S), a local non-profit created in early 2017 by a Boys & Girls Club volunteer as a way to help interested Club members gain access to an education that is culturally diverse, has a low pupil-to-teacher ratio, and offers variety and rigor in its academic courses. The placement of academically qualified, at-risk youth in independent schools is made possible through school-based financial aid, Opportunity Scholarships, and contributions from other sources.

Triangle Independent Schools Consortium

The Triangle Independent School Consortium is composed of admission professionals from Triangle area independent schools. Our Consortium evolved out of the desire of the member schools to work collaboratively in an effort to ease and enhance the admission process for the students, families, and schools involved.

TISC member schools work together to host a school fair each fall to recruit students of color to local independent schools.

Hill Learning Center

Hill Learning Center offers a unique half-day program for students with learning differences. This partnership supports students and strengthens the academic diversity of our student body.

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson2021-09-21T14:37:05-04:00
The Day You Begin

For our book recommendation this week, we will focus on the first day of school! The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson is a beautiful story about finding the courage to connect, even when you may feel scared. Stepping into a new classroom at the beginning of the school year can be hard, especially if you feel “different” from your peers. This book reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes, but if we can be ourselves and be brave enough to share our beauty with the world, we can find a way to go forth.

Here Is The World: A Year of Jewish Holidays by Lesléa Newman2021-09-21T14:36:28-04:00
Here Is the World: A Year of Jewish Holidays

Our book recommendation this week is Here Is The World: A Year of Jewish Holidays by Lesléa Newman. We are currently in the middle of the Jewish High Holy Days with Rosh Hashanah from sundown on September 6th to sundown on September 8th, and Yom Kippur from sundown on September 15th to sundown on September 16th. TDS parent, Kersten Biehn, shared with us that she finds it “meaningful that Jews from the entirety of the diaspora throughout the world celebrate these holidays the same way. It is a unifying experience.”

In this book, the author brings the reader into a Jewish family’s holiday celebrations throughout the seasons! Newman also provides a description of each holiday, along with an easy craft or recipe. Pick up this book at the bookstore or library and share in the celebrations with your kids!

Gitty and Kvetch by Caroline Kusin Pritchard2021-09-21T14:36:48-04:00
Gitty and Kvetch

Our book recommendation this week is Gitty and Kvetch by Caroline Kusin Pritchard. In this hilariously sweet story about an opposites-attract friendship, chock-full of Yiddish humor, a girl and her best bird friend’s perfect day turns into a perfect opportunity to see things differently.

Last week, we recommended a book about the Jewish holidays throughout the year. Jewish people make up less than 2% of the US population, but are involved in nearly 60% of all religiously-motivated hate crimes. Representation is so important, and stories like this one are needed to extend representation beyond holidays, food, and historical traumas that cultural stories are so often centered around. So pick this book up from the library and share a sweet story about an unlikely friendship!

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