Diversity, Inclusion, and Global Education at FCDS

Fairfield Country Day School is committed to teaching the value of diversity.  We strive to accomplish this by being an inclusive community; embracing and celebrating all members of our school family and the greater community. Inclusivity pertains to all areas of diversity; race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical differences, socio-economic background, and abilities.  In addition, across all grade levels and all disciplines, we inculcate values of respect, integrity, and social responsibility.  

Our school community purposefully addresses multiculturalism with the goals of preparing boys to be responsible global citizens, to challenge all forms of discrimination in school and society, and to instill attitudes that value and reflect multiculturalism.

Members of the Diversity, Inclusion and Golbal Education Committee are - Molly Hemenway, Noreen Franklin, Kelly Barr, Rick Runkel, Pen Vineyard and Joe Isola
DIGEC Resources:

Faculty Book Club Recommendations:
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama



DIVE is an FCDS student club that explores the many facets of identity. The name is an acronym derived from the phrase “diversity includes the values of everyone,” a guiding principle of our school’s diversity and inclusivity efforts. The group meets monthly to explore issues of identity in our school, town, and country. Participation in the club is optional, but forty 7th-9th graders have opted to join this year. Many of them participate in the Student Diversity Leadership Conference, an annual forum in which they connect with independent school students from around Connecticut. 
2019 SDLC Conference

Upper School:

On Sunday, April 7, a group of ten Upper School students and three faculty attended the annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan. Our students joined hundreds of peers from Connecticut independent schools for a day of entertaining performance, compelling speeches, and experiential activities led entirely by older students. Though the conference’s content varies widely, the program’s goal is singular: to enhance students’ cross-cultural understanding so that they may improve their school. Teachers Molly Hemenway, Kelly Barr, and Pen Vineyard chaperoned the students and attended the adult program, which focused on supporting LGBTQ+ students. FCDS is proud of its faculty and student leaders for representing our school at this important event, and we look forward to next year’s conference.   

Middle School:

On Saturday, April 27th Jack Clancy, Krish Garga, Eli Haskel, Quinn Riley, Patrick Sullivan, Mrs. Franklin and Miss Hemenway attended the 7th annual
Fairchester Middle School Diversity Conference (MOSAIC) at Greenwich Country Day School. This is an interactive conference designed to allow
students from Fairchester League schools to explore the importance of identity and diversity. The theme, “The Middle School Mosaic: Identity, Diversity,
and Our Multicultural School Communities,” is inspired by a desire to provide a student diversity conference opportunity for middle school students
in the Fairchester area, one that empowers participants to create inclusive and supportive learning communities within and across schools. A special thanks to
our FCDS boys for being leaders of social justice and equity!


Global Citizenship Day @ FCDS

On Monday, October 8th FCDS celebrated it’s 3rd annual Global Citizenship Day. We chose Food & Hunger as our topic this year and kicked off the day with an all school assembly. We shared 10 alarming facts about world-wide hunger and then broke off into link groups where Upper, Middle and Lower School students worked together on special projects dedicated to this theme. We wanted to use powerful stats and meaningful projects to help make the boys stop and think, as well as give time to reflect on the world around them.

We chose food and hunger because this is a critical global issue. Global hunger continues to increase and food is a topic that children can connect to easily. After participating in link projects and lunches together, the boys gathered by divisions to watch special screenings. Upper School viewed the documentary Living on One Dollar, where four young friends set out to live on just $1 a day for two months in rural Guatemala. Middle School watched a movie titled Just Eat It discussing food waste and Lower School viewed two short documentaries, What’s to Eat? The New Food Pyramid and The Big Breakfast, which talked about nutritious food choices and where healthy food comes from. At the end of the day, we all gathered again to share what we had worked on together.

Each boy also received a plastic rice bowl from ricebowls.org. Ricebowls.org is a fun and free fundraising mission project that provides food to orphaned children all over the world. The boys will be filling their bowls with spare change and returning them to school. The donations will be sent off to ricebowls.org to help feed children in need

DIGEC (Diversity, Inclusion and Global Education Committee)


2970 Bronson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824
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