Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
From the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
This page is ever evolving and should you have additional resources or suggestions please reach out to Jenny Treadway, DEI Director.
At PCDS, we act deliberately to create and sustain a diverse community that values equity and inclusion. Our mission articulates our commitment stating “each individual is recognized and valued, each voice is heard, and each considered opinion can find a forum. However, no forms of hatred, prejudice, or bigotry are tolerated. We recognize the richness of the diverse threads that strengthen the fabric of the School. We endeavor to ensure that this fabric reflects the diversity of Arizona and our nation.”
We are all diverse in many ways and a variety of contexts. Our community is diverse, enriching us with ideas and perspectives that allow students to grow and flourish as they safely explore their identity.
PCDS is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable community where all individuals can contribute regardless of race, gender, religion, class, sexual orientation, or other aspects of their identity.
We recognize that our journey to be a diverse and inclusive community is an ever-evolving process that requires empathy, an open mind and heart, and a willingness to engage in critical and sometimes uncomfortable conversations.
If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about DEI at PCDS, please contact Jenny Treadway at 602-955-8200 extension 2263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PCDS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mission Statement
This statement came out of the School's 2020 five-year Strategic Plan. Representatives from a wide array of PCDS constituent groups participated in creating this statement. This plan will guide the work in DEI in the future. This DEI mission statement amplifies what our school mission statement already states.
We are committed to nurturing thoughtful, self-aware, compassionate thinkers who can learn from challenging conversations and who recognize their limitless opportunity for growth, especially when considering perspectives different from one’s own. In addition to gaining essential knowledge and skills, we see education’s ultimate role as developing the intellectual acuity to grapple with complex topics. This holds especially true for vital and profoundly complex issues regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Actual growth can bring discomfort. Rather than retreating from that discomfort, we will nurture and support our community through our continued evolution. We commit to working tirelessly to create an environment that fosters openness and appreciation of multiple dimensions of culture and identity. This responsibility includes:
- Appreciating the identities we share, investigating our implicit biases, and honoring the differences among us
- Working to increase the level of diversity represented in our community at all levels.
- Reflecting on the responsibility of PCDS being built upon ancestral land and honoring those that came before us.
- Evolving our curriculum responsibly to ensure that diverse voices are not tokenized but truly infused across our Pre-K through 12 experiences.
- Recognizing the existence of a systemic privilege, including our School’s inherent privilege, and teaching students to leverage the privilege of education to create positive change beyond PCDS.
"Public spaces and third places are more welcoming to all when we celebrate our shared humanity. By understanding each other, we deepen connections. To encourage more meaningful conversations on this topic, leaders at Starbucks reached out to the experts at Arizona State University to create this 15-course curriculum designed to address bias through understanding the human experience". PCDS Parent and ASU Senior Advisor to the President and President's Professor, Dr. Bryan Brayboy, was a pivotal part of these courses' creation.
These free courses cover:
Arab/ Middle Eastern Bias, American Indian/ Alaska Native Bias, Hispanic/ Latino Bias, Black/ African American Bias, Class Bias, Sexuality Bias, Nationality Bias, Religious Bias, Disability Bias, Age Bias, Racial Bias, Gender Bias, and Political Culture Bias.
To access these free online diversity courses, click ASU Global Academy.
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Students attend from 67 different zip codes
- 35 percent identify as students of color
- 19 percent identify as employees of color
- $1.9 million in the Financial Aid budget
- Approximately 24% of PCDS families receive need-based financial aid from the School
- 10 Diversity Coordinators representing the three divisions and staff
- 1 full time DEI Coordinator