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Kindergarten - Grade 9 in Southborough, MA
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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Fay School Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Fay School, diversity is an asset, an experience, and a process. We work actively to integrate multiple perspectives into our curriculum and our community life with ongoing attention to the diversity of our families, faculty, and staff. We believe that a broad range of experiences and viewpoints enhances learning and adds meaning to life. This statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion affirms the value and importance of the many perspectives and life experiences that inform our thoughts and guide our actions as we live and work together each day.
 
Fay School respects differences in culture and linguistic heritage, ethnicity, race, religion, socio-economic level, family structure, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, age, and developmental stages. We strive to maintain a school community in which every member feels valued and is treated with dignity. We are a school of many races, languages, ages, national origins, and religions. We are a school of boys and girls, men and women, and transgender people. Our families come in many different varieties. We celebrate many traditions and learn about many more. Some families pay full tuition, and others receive tuition assistance. We have straight, gay, lesbian, and questioning students, teachers, staff, and parents. Some of our students learn in typical ways, and others have unique learning styles. We are all part of Fay.
 
Students and adults at Fay work to develop the skills and competencies necessary for meaningful engagement with others in our increasingly interconnected world. In a spirit of service to each other and to the broader community, we are committed to promoting intentional reflection on the differences that enrich our lives, and we challenge ourselves to grow in empathy, moral courage, and a sense of justice. Our teachers and staff work toward these goals with joy and full investment, and each member of our community strives to encounter others with openness, attentiveness, and honesty.
 
-adopted June 2014; updated September 2020

What does diversity, equity, and inclusion work look like at Fay?

Across the grades, faculty collaborate with the Director of Equity and Inclusion and with each other to provide contextual, meaningful, and developmentally appropriate opportunities to develop empathy, reflect on identity, and consider multiple perspectives. 

In Primary School, students explore the various identities that make up who we are, with projects like learning the background of their own names or reading about the indigenous tribes of Massachusetts. Teachers are trained in racial literacy and learn how to help primary-age children celebrate one another across differences. 

In Lower School, students engage in equity and inclusion work through a focus on intentional book choices and discussions through the annual One School One Book project. Students participate in meaningful service learning activities with a focus on empathy, purpose, and connection. Through their classes in world languages, history, and reading and writing, students also explore holiday celebrations and storytelling across cultures. Sixth grade students begin to grow as leaders in equity and inclusion work in preparation for a deeper dive in Upper School.

In Upper School, equity and inclusion work is found in leadership opportunities for students in Community Connections, a student-led, faculty-advised workshop group whose goal is to encourage awareness and respect for people’s differences within the community. Students also have opportunities to participate in affinity spaces for students of color and students learning more about LGBTQ+ communities; attend local and national DEI conferences, including the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference; and explore intentional curricular units focusing on equity in the larger community.

Fay faculty regularly attend local and national conferences and workshops in conjunction with in-house professional development opportunities on subjects such as systems thinking, responding to incidents of bias, and belonging. Faculty also participate in Community Connections and serve as Fay ambassadors in their local communities and internationally.

Read more:
Gaining Perspective, Building Community (Fay Magazine, Fall 2017)
Primary School Update: Cultural Curiosity (Fay Magazine, Fall 2020)

Meet Jill Anthony, Director of Equity and Inclusion

B.A., Vanderbilt University
M.A., Savannah College of Art and Design

As Fay’s first Director of Equity and Inclusion, Jill works in all three divisions with students, faculty, staff, parents, trustees, and alumni to help guide the school in its ongoing equity and inclusion work by promoting cultural awareness, cultivating a sense of belonging, and creating space for brave conversations.

Jill came to Fay from Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland, where she served as Co-Director of Global Programs, taught Latin, and coached volleyball. She also served on Gilman’s Community, Inclusion, and Equity Executive Committee and Gender Equity Committee, where she helped write the school’s Strategic Plan for Community, Equity, and Inclusion, and facilitated professional development for faculty and staff. Jill has also led student workshops and conferences at Gilman, throughout the Baltimore area, and nationally as faculty of the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference. Prior to Gilman, Jill taught at the Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas; Antilles School in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; and the Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, New Jersey.

Jill can be reached at janthony@fayschool.org.

Suggested Reading

Check out these titles to spark conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion. We'll be updating these lists each term.