Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

At Sun Valley Community School, we continually strive to foster a diverse and inclusive environment.

To best prepare our students for a world that is increasingly interconnected and global in nature, we are always working to create an inclusive and welcoming culture. We believe there is tremendous value in having a diverse community of students, parents, board of trustees, faculty, and staff valuing and celebrating each individual across a spectrum of age, ethnicity, family structure, gender identity, learning style, physical ability, political perspective, privilege, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. We recognize the need for ongoing education, dialogue, and engagement around cultural competency and social justice, and we are committed to doing this work. We expect every member of our community to support this work as an extension of our mission and guiding principles.

Past Diversity, Equity, & inclusion events

As a part of our commitment to fostering an inclusive and open environment, we sponsor regular events—some for our internal campus community and others that are open to the public. 


Past faculty & Administration summer reads

Our faculty and administration take time each summer to engage in our community summer read; many book titles directly discuss DEI themes. Before the academic year begins, faculty and administration gather in book groups to reflect and discuss what they have learned. Below is a list of some of our most recent summer reads. 

Student & Professional Diversity Conferences

Our students and faculty regularly attend conferences that address topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. These individuals bring back their learning and their excitement to our campus and inspire change and promote awareness and action.  

Past conferences, institutes, and training have included:

  • NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC)
  • NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute
  • NAIS Online Equity Design Lab: Grading for Equity
  • NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC)
  • NWAIS Student Diversity Leadership Retreat
  • The Adaway Group: Whiteness at Work 

Meet our DEI Coordinators

If you have DEI related questions please send an email to dei@communityschool.org 


Non-Discrimination Statement

Sun Valley Community School is an equal opportunity employer. The school encourages, seeks, and will employ applicants the school deems qualified for the position sought, regardless of age, ethnic background, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identification, or physical ability, with reasonable accommodation to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. 


Land Acknowledgement

The Sun Valley Community School campus sits on the traditional homelands of the eastern and western bands of the Northern Shoshone and Bannock, or Northern Paiute, bands. The ancestral lands of both tribes occupied vast regions of the land encompassing present-day Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and into Canada. The Shoshone and Bannock tribes entered into peace treaties in 1863 and 1868, known today as the Fort Bridger Treaty. Idaho is home to five tribal nations with over 5,900 members, who continue to have significant economic and social impacts on the state.