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Student Diversity Council

The Davidson Day Student Diversity Council, in service as a branch of the Diversity Task Force, aims to help create an environment where all students, without exception, feel safe to be themselves and feel that they have a voice.
New for the 2020–2021 Academic Year, the Student Diversity Council is a student initiative led by Katherine Nikolich '21, Jaden Graham '21, and Sydney Brown '21.  Mr. Steve McGill, an Upper School English Teacher, is the faculty advisor. 

The Student Diversity Council advises the Davidson Day Diversity Task Force, which was formed during the 2019–2020 Academic Year, and advances conversations about diversity, community, and belonging throughout Davidson Day and beyond.  Twenty-five Upper School students have joined the Student Diversity Council. 

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  • 2021 Black History Month Video coordinated by Jaden Graham '21

    Jaden Graham '21
    February marks Black History Month every year.  This year, I wanted to do something meaningful, something that could involve the voices and diverse perspectives of members within our Davidson Day community, so in December, I set out to plan an extracurricular project that would culminate in a video produced and then shared and discussed by our Upper School during this year’s Black History Month. 

    Here’s the video:

    I think it’s important to highlight why I chose to do this, and how I completed the project.  

    In 2020, we all saw the unequal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic within minority communities, the visceral video footage of far too many displays of systemic racism and injustice, and subsequent peaceful protest movements in cities across the county.  

    I believe that we all deserve--that we all need--the time and space to listen to the voices and stories of the black members of our communities.  So I set out to interview 18 members of our community--students, faculty, staff, administrators, coaches, and alumni--to hear their stories and perspectives about Black History.  

    “After Black History Month is over, people aren’t really talking about it and we should be learning more about African American stuff in school,” said Tomiwa Akingbade ‘28 in the video interview.  

    “Just as we learn years and years of American History within our school system, I believe the same should go for African American History. It has enough history to be its own subject and to be its own class,” said Makayla Tejeda ‘20 in her interview for the video project.  “Instead, within our school systems, it’s usually a chapter, a week, or maybe a month,” she said.    

    My project culminated in our video production being shared and discussed during Upper School Advisory on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.  But my hope is that this video is not the end of a project, rather, the beginning of an ongoing conversation in our community about the rich and robust history of black people in our communities.  
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  • Gender Equity: Recapping the Davidson Day January Diversity Forum

    Lexi Justice '22
    At the fifth Davidson Day Diversity Forum, ten panelists discussed the topic of gender equity, the process of seeking gender equality, as described by moderator and Head of School Pete Moore during an introduction of the Forum to more than 60 virtual participants.  

    As one of the speaking panelists, I felt supported knowing that there were so many members of our community who cared about and planned to listen to what I, and my fellow panelists, would share about the topic and about our experiences at and beyond Davidson Day.
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  • Poem: I am a Woman

    Cameron Baker '22
    I am a woman: 
    defined by society in a million ways before a word can even leave my lips.
    defined by how I look, how I dress, what I eat, how I act, how I speak.
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  • Honoring Native American Heritage Day

    Lexi Justice '22
    Today is Native American Heritage Day, a day to acknowledge and honor the significance of Native American people as the first peoples of America, and to celebrate Native American heritage and culture.
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