DEI

Resources

Community, Conversations, and Connections

This webpage is intended to give the Sierra Canyon School community suggestions and support for those who would like to learn more and lean into authentic conversations with their family and others on current events and topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

HAVE QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, OR SUGGESTIONS?

Email us at dei@sierracanyonschool.org.

October Book Recommendations

How To Get Involved

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Student Opportunities 

    Student Organizations and Affinity Groups
    • Black Student Union (BSU) – Members of this group meet weekly to discuss African American culture and news.
    • Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) – This group is designed to be a safe space for LGBTQ+ students and to educate the student body and faculty about queer things.
    • Human Rights Club – To group educates about and advocates for human rights.
    • International Club – This group gathers twice a month to discuss issues important to international students at SCS. They also sponsor the Chinese New Year luncheon and regularly bring in foods from various cultures to taste.
    • Mental Health Awareness ClubMembers of this group meet weekly to provide students an outlet to seek help and discuss available resources. Their goal is to increase awareness of mental health issues among members of the student body.
    • Muslim Student Association (MSA) – This group’s goal is to open up a dialogue about Islam and Muslim issues from an American perspective. Students participate in several service opportunities in our local area throughout the year, as well.
    • Southeast Asian Club – This longtime club at SCS exists to explore the cinema of Indian culture and to diversify the viewing habits of students. The Club hosts an annual Bollywood Night that celebrates South Asian culture, food, and dance.
    • UNICEF – The mission of this group is to raise attention for children in need, to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, and to help meet their basic needs and expand their opportunities to the fullest potential.
    • Voices for Change – This student-created and student-run club is dedicated to promoting a culture of inclusivity and tolerance within our community, and to advancing all causes that help increase diversity, inclusivity, and equity. We arrange the invitation of guest speakers to address the student body, engage in fundraising ventures, run awareness campaigns, and promote our agenda through activist methods while working with the administration to uphold our school's core values. We aspire to be agents of change on- and off-campus, and in doing so, hope to improve not only our school and our community but also ourselves.
    • Women’s Rights Advocacy Club – Students meet monthly to increase awareness of the daily struggles that women face, and to inspire and empower the female community of Sierra Canyon.
  • Parent Opportunities

    Sierra Canyon invites our Parents to participate in the Parent Association Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (PA DEI Committee). Please join us in planning events, student and parent educational opportunities, and other engaging activities to build inclusion. Only when we celebrate our differences can we truly cultivate a community of belonging.

    If you are interested in becoming a part of the PADC, please email SCSPA@sierracanyonschool.org.
  • Professional Development and Conferences

    • Fall Conferences:
      • Community members will participate in the following conferences: People of Color Conference (POCC), Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC), Pollyanna Conference, and Courageous Conversations: Learning to Connect Authentically and with Compassion.
    • Guest Speakers:
      • On October 19, we will welcome a visit from Dr. Howard Stevenson, Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education and Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education.
    • Book Talks/Discussions:
      • Over the summer, the School hosted an optional faculty and staff book read of How to be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi. Over 65 faculty members volunteered to participate. A follow-up discussion group will be held on October 19.

2019-20 Lower Campus Events

    • Olympics Opening Ceremonies - Celebrating Cultures Around the World, October 2019

2019-20 Upper Campus Student Clubs

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Middle and Upper School: 20801 Rinaldi Street
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Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.