At SF Day, we often use the phrase "windows and mirrors" as a metaphor to help students understand one aspect of creating a truly welcoming school. Children and adults 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 community members be challenged to look outside themselves (windows) to understand, respect, and appreciate the cultures and identities of others. Providing "windows and mirrors," thoughtful curriculum, and opportunities for discussion help us continue learning within a diverse and inclusive community.
- Student & Faculty Affinity Groups
- Student-Led Clubs
- Community Connections
- Day of Silence/GLSEN
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Parent/Guardian Group
- Board Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
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 all members of a group share a particular identity. This identity can be based on race, gender, sexual orientation, language, nationality, 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.
At SF Day, student groups facilitated by faculty members have included:
- Transracial Adoptees
- African-American students
- Asian-American/Pacific Islander students
- Christian students
- Latino students
- Multicultural students
- Youth of LGBTQ
- Rainbow Alliance
SF Day also hosts affinity groups for faculty and staff members: LGBTQ, faculty of color, multiracial faculty, and AWARE (Alliance of Anti-Racist White Educators) are all groups currently offered to faculty and staff.
PACT is a mentorship program for students of color, entering its 8th year! Pact is a collaboration between SF Day, SF School, Live Oak Middle School, Lick-Wilmerding High School and The Urban School.
At SF Day, our community members are active, engaged, and participate in opportunities to learn and share various aspects of their identities. As a full school community, we gather regularly, which is often a valuable opportunity to take in a special guest speaker, artist, or performer. In 2019, SF Day welcomed guests including Ballet Folklorico, artist-in-residence Lexy Ho Tai.
Family members are also a valued resource and part of our community - we often have parents come into the classroom to share family traditions and celebrations such as Nowruz, Dia de los Muertos, and Lunar New Year.
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