An independent day school for grades 6-12
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Commitment

Commitment to Our Community

The Community Forum, under the direction of the Multicultural Leadership Team, is a series of experiences, both in and out of the classroom, that allow our our students, faculty, and parents to explore an issue of identity.

This year’s focus: Mental Health and Belonging at Crystal - Do our cultural norms related to mental health ensure that all members of the Crystal community thrive and belong?

Past topics have included socio-economic diversity in the Bay Area and gender identity. Some of the outcomes have included the formation of a middle school GSA, gender-neutral bathroom availability on campus, and more inclusive enrollment practices for new families.

Other D.E.I. Programming Includes

  • 9th Grade Diversity Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly
  • 11th Grade LGBT Workshop
  • Cesar Chavez Community Potluck

Multicultural Leadership Team (MLT)

Crystal’s Multicultural Leadership Team aims to develop the cultural competency of faculty and staff in order to effectively support students in adapting and leading in an ever-changing world through community, scholarship, and unbounded spirit.

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Who is the Multicultural Leadership Team?

    The MLT is lead by the Director of Diversity and two faculty co-chairs.  Members of the MLT include Upper and Middle School Division Heads, the Assistant Heads of school, and at least one member of each academic department.
  • What does the MLT do?

    The MLT’s primary goal is to provide faculty with professional development so that they may gain cultural competency skills to ensure that all students at Crystal can belong at CSUS, and we do work toward that goal in several ways.  The MLT is broken into three subcommittees which work on the following areas:  Diversity Events, Professional Development, and Student Initiatives.
  • Is the MLT responsible for major decisions and changes at CSUS?

    While we hope our initiatives have influenced, the MLT does not have a great deal of power.  At times, the MLT makes recommendations to the Crystal Administration regarding issues of equity and inclusion; however, we do not make changes to school policies or student experiences.  When in doubt, reach out to a member of the MLT - we would be more than happy to clarify any questions or address concerns.
  • Can students be involved in the MLT’s work?

    Yes!  We recognize that the work of the MLT must be informed by students’ experiences, expertise, and input.  Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, a small number of students have been attending MLT meetings, and we hope these numbers will grow and that we will connect more regularly with Student Government and other Crystal changemakers. Please reach out to the Director of DIversity if you would like to attend our monthly meetings. We also encourage you to consider joining the Crystal Inclusion Network (CIN), the student-led diversity group on campus.
  • Are parents involved in the work of the MLT?

    Thanks to collaboration with “Partners in Education,” a PA initiative that started in 2016, MLT began hosting a parent Community Forum to coincide with the all-school event.  We hope that this is just the first of many ways in which the MLT can partner with parents as we work to build a more inclusive community. 

Student Initiatives

  • Crystal Inclusion Network (CIN)
  • MS & US GSA
  • Asian Awareness Club
For more information about our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion programs, please contact Tait Wade, Director of Equity and Social Justice (650) 375-5489.

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