Hello from Rebecca, Diversity Coordinator

I want to welcome everyone back to school and extend a special welcome to all of our new families. I am committed to continuing the work and discussions on race that we have been doing over the past few years, as well as continuing to support our families and students of color and all of our families and students with diverse identities and needs.

One of my responsibilities as diversity coordinator is to be a liaison and advocate for families around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. I aim to support our school's Diversity Statement, which states that the school's "vision is to ensure that all members of the FSMN community feel that they are known and that they belong." I invite families to share with me any questions or concerns you might have about these issues so that we can work together to help create a safe, inclusive place for all.

Friends School of Minnesota Diversity Statement

As a Quaker school, we believe that there is that of God within each of us. Our vision is to ensure that all members of the FSMN community feel that they are known and that they belong. Recognizing and appreciating that our differences make our experiences of the world fuller, we seek to build a community that is diverse. As individuals and as an institution we must actively create pathways to mutual understanding. Building on the foundation of core Quaker values, we look for and embrace ways to understand as much as we seek to be understood. Our commitment to diversity is sometimes challenging, and always a joyful reminder of the just and peaceful world we are seeking to create both for and with our children.

We will hold ourselves to acting on our diversity statement, through incorporating it into FSMN’s strategic planning process, overseen by the FSMN School Committee. This will allow our community to continuously evaluate and discern whether we are on the right course toward the vision articulated in the diversity statement. We know we will never be done with the work.

FSMN defines diversity as “the many ways in which people are different from one another."