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Faculty/Staff Workshop on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (and Belonging)

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) efforts have gained momentum from the start of the year. We are thankful that different stakeholders have been supportive during this critical period of assessment in order to help build understanding of the scope of work that needs to be done through the lens of our school context. DEI work helps us engage multiple perspectives throughout our school ecosystem. 

 

Purpose

Understanding and demonstrating who we are as a community through the lens of our mission. 

 

Culture

Establishing norms for healthy interaction amongst all community members and ensuring that we always uphold an inclusive community that embraces diversity through multiple perspectives. Respect above all. 

 

Environment

Taking a close look at our structure, policies and procedures to ensure equity for all community members. 

 

Learning

Analyzing and defining a curriculum in order to provide an unbiased education to our students and the skills to be empowered to learn, discuss and respect different points of view. The skills they develop at FAIS will be the foundation of how they interact with a changing society in an interconnected world. This, in turn, also would apply to the learning process of all stakeholders associated with the school. 

 

Different pockets of effort have helped set the stage for our work. Our November 16th faculty/staff meeting provided the opportunity to meet together and build perspective around the meaning of these three terms that constitute DEI. We were able to discuss our backgrounds, experiences, and personal perspectives regarding DEI – at FAIS and in life. Other smaller group meetings have been crucial in informing our work. Counselors, leadership, International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) Coordination, and talks with people interested in affinity groups have helped to build the scope of interest and areas to further develop. 

 

We are happy to say that our Board of Trustees is engaged and supportive with this year's scope of work, and have made DEI a priority in the school’s long-term strategic plan – including the mission review process that is underway. Thank you to all the alumni, alumni parents, current families, faculty, and staff who have participated in the recent surveys. Please keep an eye out for additional opportunities to share your insights.

 

This commitment from our Head of School and the board has empowered the leadership team to look at DEI through the lens of different departments with the goal of strengthening the FAIS experience for everyone. We look forward to the exciting work ahead and sharing the progress with our community.