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.
Interviews include discussion of Preamble 6 and the Hate Speech rule. Both rules are included in an interview checklist document that all interviewees initial and date.
Registration materials include receipt of the Lawbook with Preamble 6 and Hate Speech rules and must be initialized by students and parents.
Fairhaven staff continually work independently and meet together with the goal to help the school become a more equitable environment for BIPOC students. 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 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.
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 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"
If you have any questions, please contact us.