Our Diverse Community
The CMDT: Daniel Cohen, Paul Stellato, Alex Lasevich, Michelle Simonds, Natasha Datta Moore '92, Nichole Foster-Hinds, Anthony McKinley
Princeton Day School’s diversity and outreach efforts are invested in the Community and Multicultural Development Team (CMDT), the goal of which is to enhance the school’s mission by harnessing the strengths that reside in our community’s diversity of race, gender, ability, ethnicity, religion, financial circumstance, geography, and sexual orientation. CMDT sponsors educational programs for the entire community and maintains the school’s strong tradition of celebrating the many cultural events such diversity makes possible.
Taking its mandate from the work of the 2007 Diversity Task Force, the 2009 Diversity Steering Committee, and the groundbreaking work of students, faculty, parents, and alumni, CMDT builds upon our school’s decades-long commitment to create a community that values a variety of relationships and perspectives, an understanding and appreciation of which are the most effective preparation for success and leadership in the world Princeton Day School graduates will enter.
By working within the walls with students, faculty, parents, alumni, and trustees, CMDT will prepare fully Princeton Day School students to lead outside the walls, in a global community in whose service their talent and understanding are essential.
Holton-Arms School Head of School Susanna Jones has announced the appointment of Nichole Foster-Hinds as its next Head of Middle School. Her appointment is effective July 1, 2017. Nichole, pictured with Head of Middle School Renée Price, joined the faculty of Princeton Day School in September, 2014, as a member of the Middle School math department, after three years at Montclair Kimberley Academy. In her brief stay on the Great Road, Nichole has become known for her innovative, effective classroom practices; generous support of her colleagues; and wise counsel to parents.
Princeton Day School was honored to welcome Rais Bhuiyan, founder and president of the nonprofit organization World Without Hate, to a special assembly for the Upper School on Tuesday, March 28. Mr. Bhuiyan was the victim of a horrendous anti-Muslim attack in the days following 9/11, but instead of focusing on hate and revenge in the aftermath of his shooting, he worked tirelessly to both forgive and save his attacker, Mark Stroman, from death row. His presentation to the Upper School community was incredibly moving, as he relayed that all he lost as a result of his attack—his home and livelihood, as well as sight in one eye—was nothing compared to what he gained: forgiveness, peace, and ultimately a "brother" in his attacker. Mr. Bhuiyan referred to the PDS students gathered as the future of the world, and encouraged them to break the cycle of violence and hate in our world by treating each other, and everyone, with compassion and kindness. The students gave Mr. Bhuiyan a standing ovation after his inspiring presentation. He will be talking with small groups of students during the rest of his stay on campus.
Come to our second annual Black History Month celebration in the Campus Center on Monday afternoon, February 27, beginning at 4:30. Organized by the Community Multicultural Development Team (CMDT), the event will include musical selections and performances by students in all three divisions as well as light refreshments. The school is honored to welcome Dr. Jay-Paul Hinds, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Religion at Howard University, as our keynote speaker. Open to all families and friends of the community, we look forward to celebrating with you!