Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The following includes previous, ongoing and future goals to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment for students and families at Fairhaven School.

Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Fairhaven School is a living democracy, and we hereby commit to investing the time and effort necessary to ensure that our school remains equally safe for all people, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, age, sex, or gender identity. We deplore the mistreatment of any person, and we founded this school precisely so that each member of our community can experience freedom in all its manifestations. Fairhaven’s ongoing Action Plan against racism serves as a guidepost for our school’s community members in the education and growth toward creating a more equitable and inclusive environment for BIPOC families.

Fairhaven’s Policies on Anti-Discrimination

(Preamble 5): Fairhaven School does not discriminate in student admissions on a basis of race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

(Preamble 6): The school condemns and prohibits racial prejudice, discrimination and bigotry in all forms, whether intentional or not. The school strives to be anti-racist and promotes equity, diversity and inclusion for all people.

(Hate Speech): Hate speech is not allowed, will be taken seriously, will result in referral, and may result in suspension or expulsion. “Hate speech” includes speech, writing, non-verbal communication, and symbols that knowingly attack, threaten, or degrade a member of a historically marginalized group or the group itself on the basis of race, religion, ethnic or national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Anti-Racism Action Plan

Fairhaven School does not discriminate in student admissions on a basis of race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

 

  1. Interviews will include discussion of Preamble 6 and the Hate Speech rule. Both rules will be included in an interview checklist document that all interviewees will initial and date.
  2. Registration materials will include receipt of the Lawbook with Preamble 6 and Hate Speech rules to be initialized by students and parents.
  3. For the 20-21 school year, the Registrar will contact all current families to bring awareness to the new rules.

The Assembly approved funds for anti-racism training for staff during the 20-21 school year, and the School Meeting approved the purchase of "Developing a Disruptor’s Ear" Workbook and resources. Fairhaven staff work independently and meet together with the goal to help the school become a more equitable environment for BIPOC students. A workshop with the authors of the workbook is scheduled in the spring. These instructors are familiar with Sudbury schools.

Anti-racism training will continue annually. Any funds needed will come from the Staff Development line item. During JC cases and incidents involving racism at school, the staff will make extra effort to consult with BIPOC students who may be affected by the behavior.

The Assembly will consider a motion at a Special Assembly Meeting in the spring to approve funds for School Meeting to hire a counselor or consultant to provide training, workshops, or meetings.

The Official Authorities Clerk will review annually with the lawyer all equity and inclusive statements, anti-racism rules and policies to see if any suggestions or modifications should be made.

Open to parents, students and staff, the Racial Equity and Inclusion Study Group, formed by the Fairhaven Fellowship meets monthly to discuss racial equity and other thoughts and ideas about anti-racism. Currently, during the 20-21 school year, the group is reading and discussing My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, a book by Resmaa Menakem. Other ideas for activities for the community can be brought to this group.

The School Meeting formed an Anti-Racism Committee open to all students and staff that meets weekly for open discussion and suggestion of refinement and new anti-racism policies with the goal of creating a more equitable school environment for all students.

The JC Procedures Sub-Committee was formed to examine the procedures and practices of the Judicial Committee and identify how we can better meet the needs of the school. This committee meets weekly.

This list is an ongoing project being compiled by the Anti-racism Committee. New resources will continue to be added. 

Racial Equity Tools Glossary of Terms

New York Times 1619 Project Podcast

Southern Poverty Law Center article "Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry"

Sesame Workshop: Racial Justice

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