Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice Committee
The 2021-22 DEIJ Committee’s charge is to anchor the Prep community in ongoing conversations about the intersection of DEIJ and community membership. Together, we will practice actively reflecting on our beliefs and actions within a DEIJ framework, tracking toward a collective fluency that helps foster a more inclusive teaching, learning, and work environment.
Breshaun Joyner | English 8 | AIM Coordinator & Parent Liaison
Hanna Levin | Davis NM Scholarship | Admin Liaison
Drew Walker | History 10 | Student Liaison
Matt Ybarra | College Counseling | Staff & Faculty Liaison
Commitment to Diversity
Diversity at Prep means a commitment to creating an inclusive and safe school environment in which members with a variety of identities (including ethnicity, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, political beliefs, physical and learning disability, socioeconomic level, age, and religion) can thrive.
Diversity is integral to Santa Fe Prep’s academic program and improves all aspects of our students’ education by fostering multiple perspectives and encouraging students to challenge their assumptions, improve critical thinking, and consider new perspectives.
We intend for all members of the Prep community—adults and students—to welcome, honor, and value people who are different from themselves. These skills are essential preparation for our students to live in a multicultural, pluralistic world.
Student Diversity Leadership
Every two years, a delegation of Santa Fe Prep students attends the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). The SDLC, part of the People of Color Conference (POCC) sponsored by NAIS, is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of student leaders in grades 9–12 from across the U.S. The Conference focuses on developing leadership skills through self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community.
Building Empowerment at Santa Fe Prep
A delegation of upper school students attended the first-ever New Mexico Diversity Conference for Youth in Albuquerque in Spring 2019. Students attended workshops that included topics such as A Day in the Life of an Undocumented Student, A Forum for LGBTQ+ Students, and Racism and The New Anti-Semitism. The group finished the day inspired, dancing to the local favorite band “Nosotros.”
Santa Fe Prep also hosts both a middle and an upper school Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) that offer emotional and peer support for queer and questioning youth and their allies. In early April 2019, the group sponsored a delegation of middle and high school students from around Santa Fe to participate in a day-long workshop at the Santa Fe Mountain Center. Students participated in icebreaker games and high-ropes course activities. It was a great opportunity to connect with other GSA students from around the city and make new friends.