WHY 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 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. It changes the way that students and teachers think at the deepest, most personal level. 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, curriculum is constantly evolving and teachers strive to be ever more reflective practitioners. For example, our biology curriculum is sequenced to better accommodate students in their discussion of genetics, which brings up polygenic traits, such as skin color, and includes an activity about the social construct of race. And History 10, which used to be a European history class, is now a world history class that examines western-focused events and figures through the cultural identifiers of race, gender, sexuality, religion, socioeconomic status, age, ability, and ethnicity.
GUIDED BY STUDENT NEED
Student voice is central to everything we do at Field, and students are leaders in our diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Students create 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 help plan—and facilitate—the days we set aside each year to commit to this work as a community.
REGULAR OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENGAGEMENT
We host weekly affinity group meetings to create spaces for students and faculty from a diverse range of identities to gather together. Students also create clubs based around identity and social justice. These groups change each year based on student needs and interests. There are always opportunities for students and faculty alike to engage in conversation on topics of identity, diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community.
Affinity Groups and Clubs
A.W.A.R.E. (Always Wanting Acknowledgment, Respect, & Equality)
Faculty & Staff of Color Affinity
Female Students Affinity
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
IN THE COMMUNITY
This year field is engaging parents as well as students in our community with opportunities for learning and growth together including book club, and monthly conversations on race, lead by our head of school and Dean of Community and Culture. Just as important as promoting on-campus diversity, equity, and inclusion education is engaging in off-campus discussions with other students and adults—listening to varying perspectives and learning from each other. For the past 10 years, The Field School has sent a contingent of students and faculty to the National Association of Independent Schools’ annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) and People of Color Conference (PoCC). Each time, students and faculty return with a critical eye for how Field creates an equitable and inclusive community.