Our Diverse Community
The CMDT: Daniel Cohen, Alex Lasevich, Victor Cirillo, Dr. Candy Shah, Michelle Simonds, Natasha Datta Moore '92, Anthony McKinley, and Paul Stellato
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.
Seniors who attended Aaron Sorkin's remake of To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway in New York City share powerful thoughts on racism, injustice, intersectionality [an analytic framework that attempts to identify how interlocking systems of power impact those who are most marginalized in society] -- and what their generation can do about it.
The Chinese Lunar New Year celebration will be held in the Campus Center on Tuesday, February 5, from 4:30-5:45pm, and all PDS community members are invited. Student members of the Chinese Club, in coordination with Community and Multicultural Development Team (CMDT) faculty and the Parents Association, have come up with an array of family-friendly program elements, including a skit, montage video, dance performance, and fun activities, plus some incredible menu items! "One of the most important things about the lunar new year is getting together with family and friends and celebrating," declared Chinese Club co-head George Ma '19, "So our key goal was to bring the School community together, provide fun ways to learn about Chinese and Chinese-American culture, and enjoy great food."
The PDS contingent at this year's NAIS People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Experience included six students: Benjamin Bigdalle '21, Sophia Chaves '21, David Coit '19, Skylar Hall '19, Fechi Inyama '20 and Jomar Meekins '20; and 14 faculty across all three divisions: Alana Allen, Victor Cirilo, Daniel Cohen, Laurence Farhat, Margie Gibson, Tarshia Griffin-Ley, Alex Lasevich, Caroline Lee, Amy Matlack, Anthony McKinley, Elizabeth Monroe, Jason Park, Michelle Simonds and Chandra Smith.
This conference is an unparalleled opportunity to network with other students and faculty from independent schools across the country and access resources and shared learning across areas ranging from self-advocacy and leadership development to inclusion and equity support systems; understanding the process of identifying bias to facilitating conversations about current events across developmental ages and stages; and how to integrate diversity, inclusion and equity into existing programming.
Several PDS attendees offered powerful reflections that reveal the impact of this conference experience and the energy it promotes to continue implementing best practices throughout our learning community.