Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice Coordinating Committee
The DEIJ Coordinating 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
Hanna Levin | Davis NM Scholarship
Rachel Kesler | History 12
Matt Ybarra | College Counseling
Commitment to Diversity
Diversity at Prep means a commitment to creating an inclusive and safe school environment in which members with various identities (including ethnicity, gender identity, 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. It improves all aspects of our student’s education by fostering multiple perspectives and encouraging students to challenge their assumptions, enhance 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.
Statement of Inclusivity
Santa Fe Preparatory School admits qualified students irrespective of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. All students are afforded the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to Prep students. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, or ability in the administration of its educational program, admissions, or other school policies.
Building Empowerment at Prep
Throughout the year, students have multiple opportunities on and off campus to develop their awareness, working knowledge, and sense of belonging as active citizens in a multicultural world. Each year, 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 is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of student leaders in grades 9–12 from across the U.S. that focuses on developing leadership skills through self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community for students from traditionally underrepresented groups at independent schools.
In the spring, students have the opportunity to attend the New Mexico Diversity Conference for Youth. Students from large and small, urban and rural, and public and private schools across New Mexico come together to learn from experts on various issues and brainstorm projects to improve their schools and communities.
On campus, Santa Fe Prep hosts a Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) and a JEDI Club (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) for middle and upper school students. The DEIJ Coordinating Committee also organizes a series of topical forums and workshops during the school day and hosts a professional learning community (PLC) for faculty and staff.