Diversity & Inclusion

Charlotte Latin's commitment to diversity literally began on the day it opened its doors in 1970 as Charlotte's first integrated independent K-12 school. As a community of learners, we value diversity, in all forms, and promote inclusion.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected through a number of student led clubs and organizations such as MOSAIC, which supports the broad scope of diversity on campus, and other groups including the Black Student Alliance, Girl Up and Q & A, Latin’s LGBTQ affinity group.

School leadership annually attends the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference. School leaders and students participate in the annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference.

Lower, Middle and Upper School curricula presents many opportunities for incorporating culturally responsive teaching practices. This includes structuring lessons and selecting books which increase students' exposure to varying perspectives and cultivate multidimensional conversations. Our strong arts program includes world music, African drumming, visual arts from different cultures and visiting artists from around the world who share their area of expertise with the students.

Sonja Taylor is Charlotte Latin’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion. She leads the school’s diversity initiative, working with teachers and administrators throughout the school. From reviewing books used in the classroom to facilitating teacher training on civil discourse and working with parents to ensure all holidays and beliefs are appropriately represented and celebrated, Taylor works to ensure every student and family feels welcomed and valued.

Sonja Taylor,
Director of Diversity & Inclusion

About Sonja

Taylor was previously at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM), where she was the Diversity Recruitment Manager. Her role includeddirecting all initiatives to attract and retain underrepresented students, building and managing outreach and school district partnerships and collaborating with civil rights, social and community organizations to increase science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) interest and participation among racial minorities. Prior to her work at GSSM, she was a science curriculum writer for CPO Science, in Nashua, New Hampshire, where she wrote physics, chemistry, biology and other scientific content for inquiry-based secondary science education textbooks, created model lesson plans for teachers, and managed curriculum and assessment projects in several states. Taylor was also a public high school science teacher in Attleboro, Massachusetts, and Orlando, Florida, and a chemist at the start of her career at the Flowers Chemical Laboratories.

Taylor earned a B.S., in Chemistry from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, an M.Ed., in Divergent Learning from Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina, and is pursuing an Ed.D. at the University of South Carolina in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on diversity, inclusion and culturally responsive pedagogy.

Diversity Mission Statement

As a community of learners, Charlotte Latin School is committed to creating a welcoming and supportive environment that accepts and honors all people. We respect individual differences, including, but not limited to, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.

Charlotte Latin School has an excellent academic reputation entrenched in its commitment to educating the whole child, a setting conducive for incorporating institutional principles of diversity and inclusion.

Sonja Taylor,
Director of Diversity & Inclusion