DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION

Working to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive Field community is a responsibility we all share. Our students benefit from going to school in an environment that is diverse, safe, respectful, and inclusive of all of their identities. 

We focus on continually growing as a community. Throughout the year, we host events and workshops to explore questions of identity, equity, and social justice. The hallmark of Field's diversity, equity, and inclusion work is building the skills to express and debate differences of opinion and belief while maintaining respect for each other. Acknowledging each person's unique identity—from gender to religion, ethnicity to class, race to sexual orientation—fosters understanding and strengthens the interconnectedness of our school and ultimately, our world.

IN THE CLASSROOM

In the classroom, attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion affects how you teach as much as what you teach. This kind of reflection—who am I? what is my history? how does my history inform the way I walk through life and the Field hallways? what are my biases?—changes the way that we interact with and learn from each other.

As a result of our work, the curriculum is constantly evolving and teachers strive to be ever more reflective practitioners. 

GUIDED BY STUDENT NEED

Students are leaders and learners in our diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Students participate in affinity groups and clubs each year, and Field's Student Diversity Leadership Committee (SDLC), a group of students who meet weekly with faculty mentors, are responsible for helping to plan and facilitate our community days dedicated to DEI work. 


IN THE COMMUNITY

Field strives to engage all members of our community with opportunities for learning and growing through seminars, workshops, and events. For the past 10 years, The Field School has sent students and faculty to the National Association of Independent Schools’ annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) and People of Color Conference (PoCC).

Affinity Groups

An affinity group is a group of people who share a similar identity. Although members of the group may have a common identity, however, it does not mean that everyone in the group has had the same experiences. These groups are places for reflection, dialogue, and support; they ultimately strengthen ties within the community and help students as they navigate through adolescence and beyond. Facilitating positive identity exploration is central to creating an inclusive and thriving community.

At Field, we have established affinity groups to create open spaces where members of our community can explore ideas about identity, share resources, mentor each other, learn, and grow. Affinity groups are one way that we can support one another and are important to the experience of all students.

Each year, we look at the diversity of identities in our community to establish affinity groups. These groups may change from year to year and groups may evolve as interest arises. These questions guide our vision and process.

1.  How do we continue to make the Field community a place that welcomes, embraces, and truly values individual identities, lived experiences, cultures, and perspectives?
 
2.  How do we nurture, cultivate, and protect the uniqueness of each member of the community while providing the supportive environment that we all need to grow and thrive?
 
3.  How do we proactively identify the barriers to positive identity and group formation and continue to educate and inform? And, if or when we encounter barriers that feel immovable, how do we build the capacity in each of us to go over them, around them, or through them?




Affinity Groups and Clubs

List of 9 items.

  • Faculty & Staff of Color Affinity

  • Female Students Affinity

  • Feminism Club

  • Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

  • LGBTQ+ Faculty & Staff Affinity

  • LGBTQ+ Students Affinity

  • Student Diversity Leadership Committee (SDLC)

  • Students of Color Affinity

  • White Anti-Racism Group

List of 1 members.

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    Debario Fleming