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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Dear Fay Family,

Our hearts go out to everyone who suffers from overt, covert, and systematic racism. It is incumbent for each one of us to take more deliberate steps to ensure that our society finds and utilizes ways to move towards greater equity, inclusion, and justice. The futures of all children simply cannot afford for us to act otherwise.

Since early this year, myriad of leadership styles from around the world have been on display and under constant scrutiny in ways that we have never seen before. The most effective leaders seem to be the ones who take responsibility for addressing and solving the problems around them, often before they reach a tipping point. Fay’s most powerful tool is our vision: to “deliberately build and educate the next generation of leaders for our world.” At Fay, we are deliberate in developing your child so that they will be equipped with the emotional intelligence to lead us to a more peaceful and just world.

Prior to our school closure in March, Fay had been taking the below formal and informal steps to advance our conversations and actions centered around diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. These steps were done not as a reaction to recent news, but well in advance of the recent tragedies because we are a school that leads.

  • We began the formation of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee so that we could better understand and celebrate our racially, culturally, and ethnically diverse Fay Family.
  • We celebrated Black History Month with an authentic luncheon to increase our cultural competency, specifically highlighting often overlooked yet significant leaders of color.
  • We made plans to send members of our faculty and staff to the 2020 NAIS People of Color Conference, “the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools’ commitment to equity and justice in teaching and learning.”
  • We made plans to send members of our faculty and staff to the 2020 Diversity Directions Independent School Seminar, to “examine and address the personal, interpersonal, and institutional factors that can advance or impede a school’s inclusion initiative.”
  • We proactively included books about race to our upcoming All Staff required summer reading list so that we all take steps to become better allies. We offer an open invitation to any of you if you desire to join a Fall Book Club and engage with the work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Please select a book from this list and submit a note of interest using the Feedback Form in My Portal.

We still have more work to do, and we implore you to join us.

The senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubrey, and the countless other people of color since before our country’s founding, highlight just one of the many ugly outcomes of covert, overt, and systematic racism in our world. As an early childhood and elementary school committed to developing future leaders, we will do our part to reject and renounce all forms of hate, bias, and racism.

Your child will make the future world more just for all people because they will have the leadership capacity and emotional intelligence to do so. We know that the work of taking deliberate responsibility can sometimes be uncomfortable, but it is necessary if the future of our world will find true harmony.

Please join us as we stand with and courageously work for all oppressed people, but especially for our Black brothers and sisters because their lives matter.

Sincerely,
Morgan B. Scoville, M. Ed.

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.