Idyllwild Arts is committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI), and to Belonging for all members of the Idyllwild Arts community. We rely on the members of our community to help identify inequity and to advance DEI and Belonging at Idyllwild Arts.

Idyllwild Arts chose the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism Climate Survey to better understand issues of injustice and inequity that exist at Idyllwild Arts. The survey addresses the attitudes, perceptions, and structures unique to independent schools. Participation in the survey would also allow Idyllwild Arts to compare data points with other independent schools that have utilized the AIM Climate Survey to address DEI and Belonging efforts within their community.

In 2019, we established the Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM) Climate Committee to launch the National Association of Independent Schools’ AIM Climate survey to our community.  The Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism Survey Committee is composed of students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and parents. When students left campus abruptly in March 2020 due to the pandemic, the committee postponed the launch of the survey, believing it a less than an ideal time to solicit maximum participation. The survey was, therefore, launched in October 2020 and was distributed to all students, alumni, parents, Trustees, and employees. We await the results of the survey, which are being tabulated by the National Association of Independent Schools.

AIM Climate Survey –

The purpose of the AIM survey is to assess the climate at our school. Responses to the survey are strictly confidential and anonymous and will be combined with the responses of others affiliated with the school. No one will see individual responses and there is no way that responses or personal characteristics can be determined. The survey took 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Survey questions explored views and personal experiences of the school in the areas of:

  • Being respected and empowered;
  • Feeling safe and comfortable;
  • Being supported and affirmed;
  • Belonging; and
  • Having contributions valued.

The AIM Survey was available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Chinese
  • Korean

As we await the results of the survey, we are forming the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Council, taking great care to include broad representation from the school community. The role of the Council will be to implement a course of action from the findings of the AIM Climate Survey and to ensure that the school is dismantling systemic structures that exist at the highest levels of Idyllwild Arts Foundation and impact the entire organization.

The Council is being formed at this time and will begin its work in January 2021.

The President of Idyllwild Arts Foundation (IAF) serves on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Independent Schools Board of Directors and is a member of the board’s Anti-racism Task Force. We are grateful to have IAF’s leader in the regional and national discussions to address dismantling  racism and bias in independent schools.

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