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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Belonging

The Quaker belief that there is “that of God” or an “Inner Light” within every individual informs the culture of respect that is a hallmark of all Friends schools.  Although many who are unfamiliar with Friends' practices consider the widespread use of first names between children and adults as informal or a sign of disrespect, in fact this practice is age-old and deliberate within Quaker schools, rooted in the testimony of equality among individuals of all ages.  
 

Stemming from this core Quaker tenet of the sacred worth of each individual, Friends schools have long honored diversity across many dimensions of personal identity - including gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, family structure, religion, national and ethnic origin, physical and intellectual ability, and more.  Recently, however, we have come to recognize that our nation’s history with regard to Black and indigenous peoples warrants especially focused attention in these times.  We have much work to do and many truths to face.  In order to redress historical wrongs that span centuries, including within our Friends schools, going forward we are called to redefine our schools as explicitly anti-racist in their policies and practices. 
 

At Friends School of Wilmington, we  seek a community that reflects a wide range of religious traditions, ethnicity, and cultural  backgrounds and a range of family structures. Our philosophy encourages students to  understand, respect, and actively learn from differences in order to become compassionate global citizens. We summarize this commitment in our Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: 

 

Friends School of Wilmington celebrates inclusivity and promotes diversity of our students,  faculty, and staff. Through curricula and intentional programming that advocates for social  justice, we prepare our students to engage in the world with curiosity and respect for all  people. 


To further this work, FSW established a DEIJB Council.  This group includes members from all constituent groups within the school community.  Holding up a mirror to our school’s culture, curriculum, policies, and practices through the lens of the Friends Council on Education’s Principles of Good Practice for Quaker Schools, the group’s charge is to identify and address whatever elements of systemic racism and bias exist within our midst, challenging us to look within ourselves as well as take stock of our individual roles in repairing our world and creating a community of belonging at Friends School of Wilmington.