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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

You'll Have a Seat at the Table

We work to ensure that every student at Sonoma Academy thrives.
 
While the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is the work of the entire community, we have key working groups that are responsible for implementing DEI initiatives, practices, and procedures.
 
The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Task Force
Comprised of a cross-sectional team of administrators and faculty, the DEI Task Force meets regularly to:
  • Identify areas of community growth and blind spots
  • Develop and implement appropriate responses and solutions
  • Create and administer diversity, equity, and inclusion dashboard, which measures key metrics that quantify what it means to thrive at Sonoma Academy
  • Host weekly DEI staffulty lunch to explore political, cultural, and community Diversity, Equity, Inclusion issues as they arise
  • Members attend DEI-related professional development and report back to the community
  • Chair of the DEI Task Force liaises with the Student, SAPA, and Board of Trustees DEI Committees to ensure that all working groups are aligned
  • Establish the DEI Student Council to create a safe space for students, provide opportunities for learning and engagement within the student community, surfaces any issues to the DEI Task Force, and helps develop iniatives and programs to address these issues.
Board of Trustees Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Committee
Comprised of a small group of Trustees and a staffulty member, this committee is responsible for:
  • Ensuring that DEI is a strategic, institutional priority
  • Collaborating with DEI Task Force to implement key iniatitives

Sonoma Academy Parent Association (SAPA) Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Committee

Comprised of parent volunteeers, this committee
  • Works with the parent community on education around DEI issues
  • Creates opportunities for meaningful DEI engagement work for parents
  • Ensures a welcoming and inclusive parent community through outreach, social activities, and more

Queer Straight Alliance (QSA)
The mission of QSA is to make Sonoma Academy a safer and more accommodating school for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions. We raise awareness through campus education initiatives and direct action while raising money to support organizations that share our goals in the wider community. We provide a fun and accepting social space for LGBTQ students and their allies to strengthen relationships, learn from each other and explore LGBTQ topics and concerns. Ongoing projects include the Queery Question and Answer Forum, "genderbread" cookie sale during winter exam week and annual participation in the National Day of Silence.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Mission

We believe that learning occurs best in a connected community. Diversity, equity, and inclusivity are essential to an education in which all members of our community thrive. We are committed to cultivating a diverse community that is conscious and welcoming of difference, dedicated to investigating and advancing equity, and engages with our local and global community. 

Sonoma Academy Is...

The only private, independent, college preparatory high school in Sonoma County. On our beautiful campus nestled at the base of Taylor Mountain in Southeastern Santa Rosa, Sonoma Academy students are able to explore their interests and passions in a rigorous and inspiring environment that develops a lifelong love of learning and prepares them for college and beyond.