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Cultural Competency at Fay

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Before we drift too far from Black History Month, I wanted to share some gratitude for a recent Soul Food Luncheon, prepared by P.E. Teacher Yvonne Grant, that took place on our campus during Parent-Teacher Conferences. In addition to the spread of delicious cuisine, Yvonne and Kristine Caldwell prepared an informative presentation that highlighted leaders of African American descent.

Picture from the March 2020 Fay Staff Luncheon celebrating Black History Month
Pictured above are a few of the Faculty members who planned this event!

Short biographies of legendary ballerina Misty Copeland, resourceful and creative artist Nellie Mae Rowe, medical innovator Patricia Bath, inventor Phil Brooks, abolitionist and poet Joseph Richard Winters, intellectual Ramona Hoage Edelin, and record-holding sprinter Allyson Felix lit up the projector screen as we dined. This insightful presentation gave us all a glimpse into the impact of leaders who are not necessarily top of mind when celebrating African American history, let alone American history. We included these leaders and their achievements in part of our day.

When prospective families visit with me in my office, we talk about Fay broadly, its vision for children, our meaningful curriculum, how we think about the future landscape of education, and how the world your children will inherit may look. The increasing pace of globalization highlights the necessity for cultural competency if one is to thrive in this globalized future. We link that need for cultural competency to the tools of emotional intelligence that develop in your child while at Fay. We then begin telling the powerful story of our leadership development program and what that looks like when your children put that leadership display into action.

Talking or thinking about diversity at a school cannot be a conversation that starts and ends with percentages of students of color or having enough of a certain skin color represented. It certainly should not be a topic of discussion for only one month out of the year. Leading schools think, talk, and act continuously in ways that both explore diversity and promote inclusivity in all forms. Fay aspires to be a leading school in that regard.

About the Author: Morgan B. Scoville serves as Head of School at The Fay School,  where the student body sits at 34% racially/ethnically diverse by NAIS definition. Throughout his career, Morgan continues to seek professional development opportunities centered on the work of inclusion, multicultural practice, racial identity development in children and adolescents, implicit bias, and strategies for hiring and retaining a diverse faculty. The Fay School embraces people regardless of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, handicap or disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, and sexual identity.