"Inclusion is a right, not a privilege to a select few."

Judge Geary, Oberti vs. Board of Education

What the Olympics can teach us about equity

The Olympics represent many things to many people. In the sports-obsessed community we live in at Campo and in greater Lamorinda, many of us were watching the best of what the athletic world has to give us. The Olympics provide a unique microcosm on a macro-world stage. We at the Campolindo Parents DNI Group have been reflecting on many of the lessons of equity and activism we have witnessed. This year’s games have produced more gender parity than any Olympics before. As one example, the women’s swimming 1500m (won by American Katie Ledecky) was competed for the first time even though the men have been swimming it since 1908. Why? It was thought that women could not safely swim that far and it took until this Olympics to fix that. There is still so much more work to do on gender and other areas of equity. Some other stories we find applicable to our mission:

  • Raven Saunders (pictured above), silver medalist in the shot put, made an “X” gesture with her arms during her podium presentation signaling it as, “the intersection of where all oppressed people meet”. Raven, a black-member of the LGBTQ+ community, wants to serve as a role model for others.

  • The IOC banned the use of the Soul Cap, a larger swim cap from a British manufacturer, designed to protect and accommodate natural hair of black swimmers. They cited that no previous swimmer ever needed a cap like that before.

  • Female athletes have been protesting the uniforms they are asked to wear expressing the uniforms objectify girls and women. We saw this in gymnastics, softball, team handball, and other sports.

  • Multiple Namibian female runners were banned for having naturally occurring higher levels of testosterone. The IOC deemed it would give them an unfair advantage, even though other athletes with naturally occurring anomalies, like say a swimmer’s unusually large wingspan, can still compete.

This year, the Campo Parent DNI Group will push on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging based on gender, race, and sexual orientation and their intersectionality in the classroom, on the sports field, on campus, and in the community. We are inspired by the individuals, teams, and nations in the Olympics fighting for their rights and the rights of others while competing at the highest level.

Campo 2021 Student Experience Survey Results.pdf

Campolindo Student Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Survey (November 2021)

56% of students witnessed a racist incident by a student on campus last year, with 28% witnessing a racist incident by a staff member

49% feel that "I can really be myself at Campo"

At the end of October 2020, Campo released the results of their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Belonging Survey, which students participated in on Oct. 5th. Impressively, 87% of 1,403 students submitted survey answers. Administration shared that the purpose of conducting this survey was the need to have each student voice matter.

During an informative "Campo Connect" session conducted with Parents following the publication of the survey, it was discussed that the benefits of retrieving this data are that it will help administration and the community to better understand where we are seeing increased growth, and which are the areas we need to focus on. The goal is to create and nurture a culture that is reflective of Campo's mission statement.

The survey was given again in November 2021, again with over 90% of the students completing the survey. If you have questions, feedback, or concerns regarding the data please share them using the following email address: 1400missions@dnicampo.com


We will work towards an inclusive academic, athletic and social environment where every member of our community is valued and feels an equal sense of belonging.


The Campo Parents Club Diversity & Inclusion Group is dedicated to identifying, implementing, and supporting a strategic approach to combating racism, discrimination and exclusion, in our academic, athletic and club settings, as well as within the local community.