Diversity and Equity Statement and Action Plan

Mary McDowell Friends School aspires to provide our students, families, faculty and staff with a learning environment which addresses diversity and equity with integrity and action. Our community reflects diversity in many ways including but not limited to race, color, culture, age, sex, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, family composition, ethnicity, nationality, religious expression, physical and learning disability. As our mission states, “…we cultivate a diverse community in which each student can reach his or her full potential.” We recognize, appreciate, celebrate and honor our diverse community as we build an awareness of who each individual is and who we are collectively. We are opposed to discrimination and build on the Quaker testimonies to guide us in creating a safe and respectful school environment.

MMFS approaches equity work by striving to recognize that there are no simple answers, and we are driven to examine the deeper impact of privilege and power. Moving beyond the standard model of recognizing diversity, we bring unsung and often marginalized heroes into the “light.” By initiating challenging conversations, we are inspired to live out the MMFS mission to be “…contributing members of a global society.”

Action Plan

  • Expand and retain our student, family, faculty, staff and board members to better reflect the diversity of New York City and beyond
  • Create an environment that invites students, family, faculty, administrators, staff and board members to bring their voices to conversations and to listen in a respectful and caring manner
  • Examine our school culture and curriculum to ensure that we teach, learn and reflect on diversity, equity, social justice and privilege and how it influences us
  • Root our conversations and actions in Quaker testimonies and practice