Programs & Committees

Cary Academy's commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, equity, and justice are evident through its ongoing programs and initiatives.

What is 14 Words For Love?

An organization that promotes small acts of literacy and art for social good. Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to pen a 14-word poem or story to give as a gift to someone else.

Why 14 Words?

Unfortunately, hate groups still exist and still recruiting. One such group’s motto is “14 words” which speaks to keeping Aryan lines ‘pure.’ 14 Words For Love is aimed at inclusiveness and the beauty and wisdom of diversity in our communities. We want to reclaim 14 Words for love, for good.

The goal of diversity programming at Cary Academy is to support and stimulate a community that nurtures and values diversity, prepare students to be successful global citizens, and build and maintain a diverse community.

The Office of Diversity and diversity-related programming includes:


The mission of the Committee on Multicultural Initiatives and Diversity (COMID) is to foster a community and environment where the richness of our diversity is recognized, respected and embraced.


The National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum is the nation’s largest peer-led leadership development project. It engages public and private school teachers, college faculty, parents, and community leaders from all subject areas, grade levels, and geographic locations to create gender fair, multiculturally equitable, socioeconomically aware, and globally informed education.


A consortium of upper school affinity group and diversity club leaders that advise the Office of Diversity on student-related diversity issues and works on student diversity initiatives within Cary Academy and the Triangle. COEXIST sponsors ONE Week, a celebration of CA's Statement of Community Values of respect, integrity, and compassion.

Students of Color Recruitment Plan

A joint effort of the Office of Admissions and the Office of Diversity to identify and cultivate student applicants from underrepresented groups.

PTAA Diversity Committee

The PTAA Diversity Committee is a committee of the PTAA composed of parents, faculty, and staff working together to promote cross-cultural learning and understanding with a goal of helping Cary Academy students to reach their full potential as learners and global citizens. The Committee sponsors the Parent Ubuntu Celebration in the fall.

Ubuntu Celebration

The Ubuntu Celebration is an annual spring event in the spirit of Ubuntu - a South African proverb meaning "I am because you are, you are because I am" - aimed at exposing students to worldwide cultures and perspectives through performances, an International Café featuring ethnic cuisine representative of Cary Academy's diverse population, and interactive workshops, presentations, and discussions. Its goal is to promote global awareness and appreciation, demonstrate the importance and relevance of learning other languages and cultures, and to explore global community interdependence.

Parents of African American Students (formerly Friends of Cary Academy): A network of African American parents who meet to discuss their experiences, diversity, and relationship across the CA community. The group serves as a resource for identifying and retaining African American applicants and support for new and existing African American families.

Visit the Ubuntu Celebration Page

MLK Celebration

The Martin Luther King Celebration is an annual School event inviting speakers to discuss the vision, legacy, and principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The celebration combines a presentation by a guest speaker and opportunities for small-group student discussion.

Faculty and Staff Training

All Cary Academy employees receive annual Office of Diversity-sponsored training during trimester breaks.

Triangle Diversity Alliance

Cary Academy is a member of the Triangle Diversity Alliance, a consortium of area independent schools providing an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to affirm their identity, share perspectives, and cultivate leadership skills. CA hosted the 2008 Triangle Diversity Alliance Conference.


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