Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our Mission and Vision

The SAS Mission and Vision speak of inclusivity, opportunity, voice, empowerment, and the health and well-being of each individual in our community. SAS strives to build a community of individuals and families from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, cultures, races, religions, and sexual orientations to prepare our students to live in and serve a diverse and multicultural society. Our goal is a truly inclusive school community that welcomes and supports all of its members. We believe that the work of inclusion is the responsibility of all members of our community.

 “There is power in community. Not just because it gives us friends, but because it allows us to see how big, and how complex, the world actually is...I think we often forget how much our interactions with others influence how we see the world, and, ultimately, who we are. At SAS, we interact with individuals, but we also interact with their cultures and their beliefs...There is no way we could possibly leave these interactions without being changed.” Sophia Patterson ’19, Trinity University ‘23

An Inclusive Christian Community

Since the beginning of our school’s history, our identity as an “inclusive Christian community” has remained central to our mission. We believe that Inclusion is more than just the tolerance of difference. Rather, the vibrant presence of differences in belief, gender, sexuality, faith tradition, race, ethnicity allows our community to grow more fully into what Desmond Tutu calls “God’s dream”: a community in which diversity is strength, where each child knows themselves as infinitely worthy and beloved of God, and where justice and forgiveness prevail over hatred and prejudice. As political divisions and systemic racism fray the bonds of our human family, we strive to make God’s dream a reality as an inclusive Christian community.  

“...we need not be paralyzed by our past or our present. We are not slaves to fate but people of faith. That work of racial reconciliation and justice – what we know as Becoming Beloved Community – is happening across our Episcopal Church. That mission matters now more than ever, and it is work that belongs to all of us. It must go on when racist violence and police brutality are no longer front-page news. It must go on when the work is not fashionable, and the way seems hard, and we feel utterly alone.

It is the difficult labor of picking up the cross of Jesus like Simon of Cyrene, and carrying it until no one – no matter their color, no matter their class, no matter their caste – until no child of God is degraded and disrespected by anybody. That is God’s dream, this is our work, and we shall not cease until God’s dream is realized.” 

The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church

Our Curriculum

As an educational institution, much of the important work that we do takes place in the classroom. This is where students are challenged to expand their knowledge and understanding of the world they have experienced, of the world they have not yet experienced, and of the possibilities for a better future. To that end, our curriculum includes a diverse collection of voices and our classroom discussions include the most contentious topics of our day. We believe that by helping students to explore these issues in a safe environment, we are helping them to formulate their own beliefs and encouraging them to continue to assimilate new information as they gain new experiences.  

At SAS, we are striving to make God’s dream a reality as an inclusive Christian community. We still have a lot of work to do, especially in the area of recruiting a faculty and Board of Trustees that better reflect the diversity of our student body. It is work to which we are committed.KARL j. SJOLUND, HEAD OF SCHOOL

 

A Small Sampling of Required Reading from the SAS Curriculum

Advanced Biology
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

African American Literature
Jubilee by Margaret Walker
Passing by Nella Larsen
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines

Ancient and Medieval Literature and Philosophy
Inanna 
The Popol Vuh
The Ramayana 
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu 
The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagan

Contemporary British Literature 
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith

Contemporary Modern Novel
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

English 10: Global Literature
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Harvest by Manjula Padmanabhan
Othello by William Shakespeare

Grade 7 Advisory
Harbor Me by Jaqueline Woodson
Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

Humanities 6
Kiss the Dust by Elizabeth Laird

Humanities 7
Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani
The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
Lyddie by Katherine Paterson.

History 10
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi  

Madness in Literature
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi 

Modern and Contemporary Literature and Philosophy
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss 

Place-Based American Studies
Ely: An Autobiography by Ely Green
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
The Mountaintop by Katori Hall

U.S. History
March by John Lewis