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Diversity & Inclusion at CDS

May 7th, 2014

Diversity & Inclusion at CDS
By Richard Hylton, Chair, Board Committee on Inclusion & Diversity

The April 26th CDS Diversity Picnic was another successful reminder of the great benefits of celebrating the diversity in our community. Dozens of families shared fun, food, stories and music on the yard while being entertained by dancers from Dance Mission’s “Grrrl Brigade” and a great live band led by our own Justin Ancheta, who teaches in the after school enrichment class program. Additionally, art teacher Colleen Flayler helped students create a quilt showing the diverse family origins of many of our families.  All in all, it was another great school picnic. Much thanks goes to CDS Diversity Coordinator Jasmin Hoo and the members of the Committee on Inclusion and Diversity who put together a tremendously fun and enriching Saturday event.

The Committee on Inclusion and Diversity (COID) is a standing committee of the CDS Board of Trustees, and is open for membership to everyone in the CDS community. COID’s primary function is to help realize the Board’s longstanding commitment to creating and supporting a diverse, welcoming and inclusive community of families at our school. To this end, COID sponsors school forums and supports CDS family affinity groups and many other things that provide the members of our community opportunities to tell their unique stories.

The CDS Board believes that the work of creating welcoming, inclusive and diverse communities is integral to the Mission of our school. And this work is never really ever done. It is an ongoing effort to nurture a community that celebrates differences and encourages respectful dialogue. This ongoing commitment to meaningful diversity is one of the most important cultural values and investments that our Board and our community make together. It is one of the key things that makes CDS the school community it is.

Richard Hylton is in his 7th year on the CDS Board of Trustees. He is co-owner of H&O Properties, a real estate development company. Previously, he was an advisor to New York Stock Exchange CEO Dick Grasso, Associate Editor of Fortune Magazine, staff writer at the New York Times and editor of Black Enterprise Magazine. Richard received a B.A. in English from Columbia University, studied at Boston University and spent a year at the Sorbonne in Paris. He is the parent of Nora Hylton (’17). Along with his wife Sara O’Malley, Richard serves on and was active in the formation of the CDS Committee on Inclusion & Diversity.