Friends Community School is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational community.
"The more we can do to teach our community to be truly anti-racist and non-discriminatory--and to recognize and correct it when they or others make mistakes--the sooner we will help transform our society into one that is truly inclusive, equitable, and just."
Diversity Minute from the Board of Trustees September 14, 2020
Ways We Do Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work at FCS 

  • The following initiatives are informed by the work of our Board, Faculty, and Student Diversity Committees
  • Throughout each year we host student-led events that celebrate the diversity of our community. These include experiences like the African American Read-In and our Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day celebration, which are both coordinated by our Student Diversity Committee. 
  • Community Conversations is a series of forums for parents and staff where members of Friends Community School can discuss issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The group meets every few months to read articles about social justice and anti-racist practices, and to learn ways to interrupt inequity. 
  • Since 2019 the FCS Board of Trustees, Staff and Faculty have received professional development led by the Glasgow Group, which specializes in "providing skills, tools, and experiences through a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion that enhance and deepen schools', organizations', and individuals' capacity for transformation."
  • In the fall of 2020 the FCS Community participated in the NAIS  Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism, the results of which will be shared in the spring of 2021 and used to guide our DEI work moving forward. 
  • Affinity groups for students based on race, gender, and gender identity and sexual orientation have begun as part of FCS's plan and mission to create and cultivate a school culture where students are welcome to bring their full selves. 

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  • Diversity Minute from the FCS Board of Trustees


    The FCS Board of Trustees would like to communicate the following Minute on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Friends Community School which was adopted by the Board on September 14, 2020.
     
    Recent events have made the systemic racism and inequities inherent in our society glaringly clear. Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) have been subject to police brutality and all manner of economic and structural racism for generations. This has led to health, employment, and housing circumstances that are resulting in BIPOC being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. As the summer of protest and civil unrest has brought these facts to the forefront of our national conscience, we clearly see that we must change. We have learned that, as a society, we must collectively work to eradicate racism and build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive society.
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DIVERSITY/INCLUSION STATEMENT

Friends Community School is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational community.  Our school welcomes and affirms diversity in all of its many dimensions guided by the Quaker belief that “there is that of God in every person.” We actively seek students, families, faculty, and staff of varied backgrounds and encourage them to share their unique gifts to cultivate a rich educational experience. We strive to create a learning environment that exposes students to the value and breadth of differences, informs their perspective, and prepares them to shape the world.
 
Approved by FCS Board of Trustees, 4/11/11

Director of Auxillary Programs Van Nguyen presented a workshop titled, "Beyond the Binary: Building Supportive School Environments For Gender Non-Conforming and Trans* Students" this week at the 2020 NAIS Online People of Color Conference. This conference "is the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools' commitment to equity and justice in teaching and learning" and is attended by thousands of educators from across the country each year. Van presented with educators from King School in Connecticut and Children's Day School in California. We are proud of Van and this opportunity to share her voice on a national stage. 
Located in College Park, MD, Friends Community School is a progressive Quaker K-8 day school, founded on the belief that every child is a valued member of our community. We offer a challenging curriculum imbued with strong values of equality, integrity, community, environmental stewardship, simplicity and peaceful conflict resolution, rooted in our Quaker heritage.
Friends Community School
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College Park, Maryland 20740
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