The Committee on Community and Inclusion sponsored a community picnic at the Faculty vs. Parents softball game in May 2017.
In addition to our rigorous academic program and in keeping with our Catholic traditions, Saint David’s is known for its sense of family, compassion, and kindness. Our community includes boys and faculty that reflect the cultural, ethnic, racial , socioeconomic, and religious diversity of New York City. At Saint David’s, we believe that being curious without prejudice and without bias is essential to a well-informed, educated young man. Our boys develop cultural competency as they are taught to respect and embrace difference in all its myriad manifestations. Boys broaden their perspectives as they learn from other traditions, creeds, and ways of life – fundamental in fulfilling the aspiration of the Founders “that they be good men.”
Saint David’s commitment to an inclusive community that recognizes and appreciates difference is supported by:
The COCI serves to promote a strong sense of belonging among new families and to deepen the bonds among boys, families, and faculty of all races, cultural heritages, socio-economic backgrounds, and family structures. Boys’ relationships are nurtured through the Boys Community Club in addition to mentor and buddy programs.
Our commitment to true community is also supported through Saint David’s multi-year partnership with Dr. Derrick Gay, an internationally renowned educational consultant on issues of global citizenship, diversity, and inclusion.
Daily Chapel, Religion Sophrosyne, and Homeroom time serve as the core of Diversity and Inclusion Programming at Saint David’s. Each inspires the boys’ aspirational development as good men through deliberate moral introspection. Boys are taught to respect and learn from all religious traditions, to recognize their own capacity for spiritual experience, and to develop strong moral values. Through the sharing of personal experiences and inspirational messages during Chapel, and through curricula delivered in religion classes, Sophrosyne experiences and during homeroom time, Saint David’s boys discover who they are and who they want to be. We believe a strong and humble sense of self provides the foundation for our boys to mature into young men of ideas and ideals, action and reflection, who value and appreciate difference. Diversity and Inclusion programming also includes:
• A school-wide commitment to Spanish language and cultural studies
• International study tours
• Faculty and student workshops on inclusion, diversity and identity
• Panel discussions
• Partnerships with local schools and community organizations
Saint David’s Admissions Office partners with organizations that are instrumental in our efforts to build an inclusive community:
• A Better Chance
• Early Steps
• Mocha Moms
• Prep for Prep
Faculty Recruiting and Professional Development Efforts are supported through the following partnerships:
• NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC)
• NEMNET Diversity Fair in New Jersey
• NYSAIS Diversity Job Fair - New York Interschool
• NYSAIS Diversity Conference
• People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS)
• Prep for Prep
• National S.E.E.D. (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity)
Parent volunteers at the Early Steps Fair in October, 2017
Saint David’s admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.