How do we honor diversity? By constantly evolving.
At SF Day, we recognize that there is no true "finish line" when it comes to diversity and inclusion. We aspire to create a learning environment that is representative of a global community. The members of our community—Board, faculty, staff, students, and families—are committed to sustaining a welcoming and inclusive environment where each person knows and feels that his/her whole identity, seen or unseen, is known, acknowledged, and appreciated.
Preparing students for our ever-changing world requires learning from and among a diverse and inclusive community gifted with a range of perspectives and backgrounds.
A central metaphor for helping children understand the process for creating a truly welcoming school is “windows and mirrors.” Children should see their identity reflected in their school community (mirrors), to know that people “like me” are full citizens at school. Equally important is that children be challenged to look outside themselves (windows) to understand, respect, and appreciate the cultures and identities of others. By providing thoughtful curriculum and opportunities for discussion, this dual responsibility is examined and the opportunity for critical thinking and cultural competency is nurtured.
SF Day is proud to host student affinity groups to support and celebrate the diversity of our community. An affinity group is a designated “safe space,” where everyone in that group shares a particular identity. This identity can be based on race, gender, sexual orientation, language, nationality, physical/mental ability, socio-economic class, family structure, religion, and more. The goal of affinity groups is to facilitate positive identity exploration and development towards the larger goal of creating an inclusive learning environment. Participants can use the space for reflection, dialogue, and support.
This year's current groups include:
- Adoptees Affinity Group facilitated by Katherine Odlum
- African-American Affinity Group facilitated by Ruth Bissell and Michelle Phillips
- Asian-American Pacific Islander Affinity Group facilitated by Alyson Kaneshiro
- Latino Affinity Group facilitated by Cathy Aragon and Sylvia Rodriguez Douglass
- Multicultural Affinity Group facilitated by Damian Crosby
- White Allies Group facilitated by Amanda Elliston and Meredith Landis
- YoLGBTQ facilitated by Sarah Costello and Carter Graham
If any of the groups are of interest, please email the facilitator directly so they can follow up with details regarding schedule and location. If there is a group you'd like to add or if you have questions regarding affinity groups, please email Betsy Brody and/or Loren Moye.
Our faculty uses multiculturalism as a lens through which to select and evaluate new material for their programs. Lower and upper school teachers evaluate the content of the curriculum to ensure that all students have both “windows and mirrors.” Our Co-Directors of Diversity collaborate with faculty to enhance cultural competency through grade-level curricular review. This process focuses on highlighting materials, topics, and texts that represent a variety of viewpoints, ideologies, and perspectives in the classroom.
There are a variety of multicultural professional development opportunities offered to SF Day faculty and staff including summer workshops, conferences, faculty work days, meetings, and recommended readings and discussions. Examples of past conferences attended by members of our community include: Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED), Leadership Academy, Milton Academy, NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC), and the NAIS Diversity Institute.
SF Day hosts dinners throughout the year to celebrate our community's diversity. These gatherings provide an opportunity for families to both socialize across grade levels and to meet in affinity groups.
The SEED Project
SF Day is proud to be one of the many schools across the country to host the national SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum. SEED stands for Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity. This project was founded by Peggy McIntosh, Director of the Gender, Race, and Inclusive Education Project at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.
As a SEED host, SF Day invites other Bay Area Independent Schools to join our group, which provides a forum for peers to discuss school culture as it relates to diversity and inclusion. Quoting a participant from a previous SEED group: “SEED is an experience in awareness. You will join a group of people you may not know. Through readings, writings, and group activities, you will begin to explore your attitudes and experiences with race, religion, class, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, able-ism, family structure, and more. Once you’ve examined these issues, you may begin to view with a new eye what you are seeing and how you are seeing it! Plant the SEED of thought!"
Meetings: One Thursday each month, 5:00-8:00pm.
Contacts: Loren Moyé and Karen Richards
Day of Silence
Each year, SF Day participates in the annual National Day of Silence sponsored by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network), a day that asks the question, “What will you do to end the silence?” On the Day of Silence, students across the country are encouraged to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bias, bullying, and harassment in schools by taking their own vow of silence. Students at SF Day show their support with an upper school assembly devoted to this topic, and then are invited to eat lunch at a “silent table” and take a vow of silence in between classes as well.
“I am participating in the Day of Silence because I know that even in the safest environment, anti-LGBT bullying still occurs, and I am doing my part to end the bullying. I will join the GSA in my high school and spread the word there too. I have learned that being isolated is very difficult, which is why we must end the silence.”
-Eighth grade student reflection
Diversity & Inclusion Parent/Guardian Group
This group provides families the opportunity to examine topics of equity as they relate to school life and culture. SF Day parents and guardians meet throughout the year and participate in parent/guardian education facilitated by the school.
Board Committee on Diversity & Inclusion
SF Day is one of the few independent schools in the Bay Area with a dedicated Committee at the Board-level, which focuses on issues pertaining to diversity and cultural competency. The Board Committee on Diversity supports the school’s efforts to build community through diversity, acts as a sounding board for admissions and the Co-Directors of Diversity, and supports the school’s administration in diversity and inclusion endeavors.
AXIS will perform the headline work Radical Impact created by internationally renowned AXIS Artistic Director and Choreographer Marc Brew, in collaboration with JooWan Kim Artistic Director of Ensemble Mik Nawooj, and accompanied by a live string quartet. Other works featured in the triple bill include, The Reflective Surface choreographed by Bay Area notable Amy Sewiert, Artistic Director of Sacramento Ballet. The Reflective Surface offers seamless partnering and precise unison set to an original score by musician Darren Johnston with exquisite lighting design by Allen Willner. The program is rounded off with a newly commissioned work Historias rotas (Broken Stories) choreographed by Nadia Adame, former AXIS company dancer, with an original score by Paul Shapera. Historias rotas explores how we carry the baggage of our ancestors and how our experiences and identities are shaped by these stories. Z SPACE | 450 FLORIDA STREET , SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110| 415.626.0453
Gender Spectrum Online Groups for Parents/Guardians and Adult Family Members
Our Online Groups are safe spaces where you can share stories, make connections, and find support. In May we will have two new online groups, facilitated by trained volunteers:
Adoption and Your Gender Diverse Child
May 2, 9, 16 and 23 (Wednesdays), 10:00 am PT/1:00 pm ET
Masculinity and Femininity
May 7, 14, 21 and 28 (Mondays), 11:00 am PT/2:00 pm ET
You can join the groups by phone, video, or chat.
Gender and Faith Discussion Group for Trans/Non-Binary/Gender Expansive Teens
This discussion group will be a safe space for youth ages 13-19 to explore the intersections of their faith and gender. Here are some examples of topics we might cover: the connections between our faith stories and our gender stories, how we talk with family members about faith, practices that strengthen our faith, the gifts we bring to our faith communities as gender-diverse people, and more!
May 15 (Tuesday), 4:00 pm PST / 7:00 pm ET
May 29 (Tuesday), 4:00 pm PST / 7:00 pm ET
Four Thursdays from May 17 - June 2, 4:00 pm: Youth of Color Discussion Group for Trans/Non-Binary/ Gender Expansive Teens We are truly excited for this new group, in partnership with Across Gender and sponsored by our friends at the Happy Hippie Foundation. The group will provide a safe space for youth of color ages 13-19 to talk about the intersections of gender and race, build community, make friends, and share experiences to support each other. This group will be facilitated by and for folks of color. Learn more and sign up for the group here!
Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month With KQED
KQED proudly celebrates the diversity of our community with a special Asian Pacific American Heritage Month programming lineup in May on KQED Public Television. Click here for the program.
May 10 - 24: 36th annual CAAMFest: Center for Asian American Media: "During the heart of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we are thrilled to showcase so many stories from our communities and to amplify the vital voices of our filmmakers and artists. Our 15-day festival — CAAM Fest 36 — encompasses more than 100 film screenings and events in over 15 venues throughout San Francisco and Oakland. In addition to our in-theater experiences, we are expanding our music, live performance, and food offerings. Our tagline is CULTURE, IN EVERY SENSE, and that’s what we will be delivering.
Director of Diversity & Inclusion; Dean of Faculty; Math Teacher; SEED Co-Facilitator
Joined SF Day in 1999
Loren teaches eighth grade math, is an advisor, and is our dean of faculty. Before joining SF Day, he taught in the San Francisco Unified School District. After earning his B.A. in Communications from the University of Cincinnati, Loren worked for a number of years in marketing research as a manager and trainer for market research interviewers. He received a teaching certificate from San Francisco State University and has a Master’s degree in private school leadership from Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York City. Loren has participated in many workshops around issues of diversity, including being a cast member in the documentary film, "The Color of Fear," which highlights race relations in the United States. He has also completed the training program for the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum. Loren and his wife are the parents of two boys, both of whom are SF Day alumni. In his position as co-director of diversity, Loren is excited about the conversations he has with faculty and parents, which help bring our community closer.
Co-Director of Diversity & Inclusion; Director of High School Counseling; 8th Grade Advisor
Joined SF Day in 2014
In addition to serving as the co-director of diversity and inclusion, Betsy is also our director of high school counseling. She is a passionate advocate for diversity work and has extensive experience working as the director of inclusion at French American International School and International High School. In that position she was responsible for organizing and overseeing multiple school-wide initiatives in response to the National Association of Independent School’s Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM), researching and hiring diversity practitioners to work with faculty/staff, collaborating with students, families, faculty/staff, and community organizers to host annual interactive diversity workshops, supporting student affinity groups, and acting as a school-wide staff liaison to the Board Committee on Community and Diversity.
- Articles & Videos
- Websites & Online Resources
- Memberships & Affiliations
- Resources for Families
"Rubbing Off" by Allison Briscoe-Smith
"We're all Different (We're all the Same)" by Bruce Duncan Perry, M.D., Ph.D.
"How white parents should talk to their young kids about race." by Melinda Wenner Moyer
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
The Right Hand of Privilege by Dr. Stephen Jones
What White Children Need to Know About Race by Ali Michael and Eleonora Bartoli
Article: Young people are confused about bias prejudice by Jamelle Bouie
TED talk: Danger of a Single Story, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Charles Blow, NY Times Op Ed
Beyond Multiculturalism: The Need to Understand Intersectionality, Jerome Atputhasingam
Overcoming Dyslexia, Finding Passion, Piper Otterbein at TEDxYouth
The Revolutionary Optimists (Documentary)
Former attorney Amlan Ganguly doesn’t simply rescue children living in Calcutta’s slums. He empowers them to transform their own neighborhoods and lives—cleaning up trash dumps, going to school, reducing malaria infection. Follow Amlan and three of the children he works with as they fight for the better future he encourages them to believe can be theirs.
The Price of Privilege, Madeline Levine
What are You? Voices of Mixed-Race Young People, Pearl Fuyo Gaskins
White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, Tim J. Wise
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race, Beverly Tatum
March: Book One, Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, Claude Steele
Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcom Gladwell
A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America, David Shipler
A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America, Ronald Takaki
Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans, Ronald Takaki
Map Your World: Map Your World empowers youth to explore issues and ideas that matter –- like clean drinking water, or food justice – then write surveys, collect data, and create maps to make change in their communities.
SEED Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity
In their local, year-long SEED seminars, SEED leaders and colleagues use their own experiences and those of their students and children to widen and deepen school and college curricula and make communities more inclusive.
Facing History and Ourselves Facing History and Ourselves provides ideas, methods, and tools that support the practical needs, and the spirits, of educators worldwide who share the goal of creating a better, more informed, and more thoughtful society.
Civil Rights Movement Vets This website is created by Veterans of the Southern Freedom Movement (1951-1968). It is where we tell it like it was, the way we lived it, the way we saw it, the way we still see it. With a few minor exceptions, everything on this site was written, created, or spoken by Movement activists who were direct participants in the events they chronicle.
Claude Steele Discussion about stereotype threat
EDchange.org EdChange is a team of passionate, experienced, established, educators dedicated to equity, diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice. With this shared vision, we have joined to collaborate in order to develop resources, workshops, and projects that contribute to progressive change in ourselves, our schools, and our society.
Edutopia Find resources to help build an inclusive school community for students from different cultural, socioeconomic, and linguistic backgrounds and for children with unique instructional needs.
International Museum of Women (I.M.O.W.) Untold stories of women claiming and exercising their power around the world and throughout history come alive in I.M.O.W.'s global online exhibition: Women, Power and Politics.
Zinn Education Project: Teaching a People’s History
Pact: Pact is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve adopted children of color.
The San Francisco LGBT Center The mission of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Community Center is to connect our diverse community to opportunities, resources and each other to achieve our vision of a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBT people and our allies.
Gender Spectrum provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for children of all ages.
Teaching Tolerance A place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools.
Youth Speaks Committed to a critical, youth-centered pedagogy, Youth Speaks places young people in control of their intellectual and artistic development. We are urgently driven by the belief that literacy is a need, not a want, and that literacy comes in various forms.
Groundspark, Igniting change through film
Parents Education Network (PEN) is a coalition of parents collaborating with educators, students and the community to empower and bring academic and life success to students with learning and attention differences.
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) At GLSEN, we want every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow.
Our Family Coalition advances equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) families with children through support, education, and advocacy.
POCIS is a group of educators from diverse professional and personal backgrounds who believe that equity, inclusion, multiculturalism, and racial justice is integral to quality education for all. We are a resource for parents, students and faculty alike.
COLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.
World Trust: Social Impact Through Film and Dialogue
Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Our school’s library has nearly 21,000 volumes currently on hand, including a professional section for parents/guardians and teachers. We invite you to explore our collection and discover something new!
Scholastic Reading Club: Multicultural books
HandsOn Bay Area creates volunteer projects to connect you with schools, parks and people that need your help. HandsOn Bay Area staff works with local nonprofits, schools and parks to identify high-impact, group-based volunteer projects. These projects may meet an ongoing need of an organization or its clients, or they may be one-time, large-scale transformations of facilities or green spaces.
YouSTEM YouSTEM is a free web resource for K-12 students to find out about local programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.