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, Maggie Burchill, 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


DIGEC 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. 
Upper School:

Sunday, April 15, 2018 FCDS 7th, 8th, and 9th graders attended the 16th Annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT.  These boys volunteered to give up their Sunday to be part of this engaging workshop on “Breaking the Barriers” between races, cultures, and identities. The boys learned that difference is what makes the world interesting. We can all learn from each other to make the world a better place.
From left to right: Sam Haskel, Colin Sherman, Jack Cichella, Isaac Korus, Shiloh Fleming, Weston Harkey, Jack Laganza, Ben Bundy, Timmy Sullivan, Noah Maximin, and Ryan Sherman

Middle School:

Dameer,  Owen, and Jack attended the 7th Annual Fairchester MS Diversity Conference : The Middle School MOSAIC : Identity, Diversity and Our Multicultural School Communities. There were many activities that brought middle schoolers from independent schools together to learn, discuss, and take back to their schools. The conference activities are run mainly by student leaders form Fairchester Independent  high schools. Participants celebrated and affirmed the aspects of their identities that are unique, discussed the challenges students face, and learned tools to navigate everyday challenges of a global citizen. 

DIGEC Goals (Diversity, Inclusion and Global Education)


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