New diversity statement affirms KCD’s commitment to diversity and inclusion
At the State of the School address on August 21, Head of School Peter Huestis announced that work on KCD’s new diversity and inclusion statement was now complete and had been approved by the board of trustees. This diversity statement was developed by a committee of parents, board members, and KCD faculty under the leadership of Diversity Coordinator James Racine. KCD’s diversity and inclusion statement is below and is also posted on our website.
At Kentucky Country Day School, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to the fulfillment of our school’s mission. We embrace diversity of all kinds including but not limited to race, gender identity and expression, family structure, ethnicity, learning style, faith, sexual orientation, and economic background. In an ever-changing world, we are committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive community where all people are treated with respect and dignity. Kentucky Country Day School is a place where all perspectives and experiences are valued both inside and outside the classroom, and where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.
In order to put these ideals into practice at KCD, Mr. Racine has facilitated diversity and inclusion training for faculty and led middle and upper school students in talks on stereotypes and cross-cultural communication. He has also worked with Parent Association leadership to name two co-chairs for Diversity and Inclusion. In this position, Nichole Collins and Rama Tamimi will promote and advocate for increased diversity and sensitivity to differences among KCD families. They will also coordinate information, communication, and events for parents to further the school’s beliefs and goals regarding equity, justice, and fostering a safe and respectful place for the entire KCD community.
“I’m very proud of the progress we’ve made in the last few years,” Mr. Racine said. “It is an honor to collaborate with so many community members dedicated to our values around diversity, equity, and inclusion. At our best, we are together a richly woven, colorful fabric, and every person—each with their own background, talents, and gifts—is a thread in the larger design. Let us recommit ourselves to building a community of respect, love, and mutual support. Much good work has been done, more remains to be done. Let us do it together.”
Kentucky Country Day School is a private JK–12, coeducational school located on a spacious 85-acre campus in Louisville, KY. KCD combines a rigorous academic program with a wide variety of athletic and extracurricular programs. Our outstanding faculty creates an intimate learning environment that is both challenging and supportive.