The Stamford Public Education Foundation is committed to policies and procedures that further promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of its operations. The commitment to DEI is an acknowledgment that our organization’s success is linked to obtaining equitable representation at all levels of the foundation and that our mission’s success is only achieved through continuous investments in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

2023 – 2024 AREAS OF FOCUS

  • People, who reflect SPEF’s diversity
  • Processes, that demonstrate SPEF’s culture of inclusion
  • Power, structures that show how SPEF makes decisions that lead to greater equity

2023 – 2024 OBJECTIVES

Board Recruitment

  • The Board Nominating Committee will continue to meet throughout the fiscal year and prioritize diversity in its recruitment efforts with intentionality embedded in their approach to ensure the Board of Directors’ composition is reflective of the constituents SPEF serves

Committee Oversight

  • The SPEF Board of Directors has established a DEI committee to oversee, implement, and refine the organization’s DEI Action Plan and identify policies and practices in education that contribute to systemic racism

Data Reporting

  • 100% of program reporting will include race and ethnic demographics of constituents served as well as performance metrics by subgroups


  • 100% of the organization’s staff will participate and complete antiracism training
  • The SPEF board will participate and complete antiracism training
  • The DEI Committee will create education opportunities for the Board of Directors that will be embedded in the board’s meeting agendas

Hiring Practices

  • SPEF’s leadership team will ensure diversity is prioritized in its hiring decisions and expand its staff recruitment efforts to include sourcing strategies that target diverse candidates


Of the 500 largest U.S. cities, Stamford is among the most ethnically diverse cities in America!

  • 130,824 population
  • 136,000 projected population by 2025
  • 23rd for linguistic diversity
  • 31st most culturally diverse city in the US

SOURCE: City of Stamford Economic Development website

SPEF celebrates the beautifully diverse school community of Stamford Public Schools. SPS offers students a learning experience rich in cultural diversity and reflective of the global society in which they will work and live.

  • 40% Hispanic/Latino
  • 34% White
  • 15% Black
  • 8% Asian
  • 3% Two or more Races
  • 57% Free/Reduced Lunch
  • 13% English Language Learners
  • 71 Languages Spoken in Students’ Homes

SOURCE: Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE)

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