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
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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
 

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DIVE @ FCDS

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. 
 
2018 SDLC Conference

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. 
 

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
 

DIVE GOALS (Diversity Includes the Values of Everyone)

FAIRFIELD COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL

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