Multicultural Life at Santa Prep
Over the last ten years, multiculturalism on our campus and other independent schools is an all-important priority. As a result, student, and faculty and staff groups form to generate support of their respective needs and increase awareness throughout campus. Please read about some of Santa Fe Prep’s recent groups and activities listed below.
-Claire Romero, Director of Multicultural Life
Social Justice—Art Activism
Faculty Sponsors: Eliot Fisher and Melissa Fricek
Members of SJAA foster and support an increased concern for issues of social justice at Santa Fe Prep. We advocate for students’ interests in social justice issues by creating spaces for celebration, promoting leadership development and providing opportunities for education and reflection. By recognizing a diverse community and thereby diverse interests, we affirm the central importance of our common humanity and enhance the personal development and academic achievement of each community member.
Social Justice—Gay Straight Alliance
Faculty Sponsor: Andrea Cermanski
The intention of the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) is to create a supportive environment for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered) youth and their straight alliances. Our goal is to make sure Prep is a safe environment for everyone regardless of sexual orientation. This past October we tried to raise awareness on campus about National Coming Out Day by hanging informational posters around school. The club also discusses issues related to gay youth, such as the high rate of suicide and hate crimes. In addition, the club learns about political activism and what we can do to make our community more fair for LGBT people. Prep’s GSA plans on leading diversity trainings and participating in other national events such as No Name Calling Week and the Day of Silence.
Faculty & Staff Members
As advocates for a multicultural school community we take action to inspire discourse and serve as a voice for all individuals. We endeavor to develop a deeper sense of community and cultivate the diverse aspects of Santa Fe Prep.
Faculty Sponsor: Coco Toderan-Manson
In Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization’s agenda. Students make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the conference rules of procedure - all in the interest of mobilizing “international cooperation” to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world. For more information, please visit the Model UN website: http://www.unausa.org/modelun
A Safe Place for All: In addition, Santa Fe Prep embraces a variety of families and individuals. In order for students to learn and grow within our classrooms and beyond, our community must be a safe and secure environment for all. For this reason, we expect all members of our community to treat others with respect and kindness regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background.