It is a pleasure to announce that the School Committee formally approved the Friends School of Minnesota Diversity Statement.

Lots of hard work went in to creating the statement; we conducted a demographic study to ask families to share how who they say they are. We then worked with a consultant to conduct an inclusive conversation (through surveys, focus groups, etc.) to get at what we believe about diversity. The staff and board spent a weekend together processing the information, and the Equity and Justice Committee worked to draft a statement that captures the sense of all of that work, and will guide us as we work to be the school we want to be.

I want to thank all of you and the Equity and Justice Committee for working together to put our vision into words.

Friends School of Minnesota Diversity Statement

As a Quaker school, we believe that there is that of God within each of us. Our vision is to ensure that all members of the FSM community feel that they are known and that they belong. Recognizing and appreciating that our differences make our experiences of the world fuller, we seek to build a community that is diverse. As individuals and as an institution we must actively create pathways to mutual understanding. Building on the foundation of core Quaker values, we look for and embrace ways to understand as much as we seek to be understood. Our commitment to diversity is sometimes challenging, and always a joyful reminder of the just and peaceful world we are seeking to create both for and with our children.

We will hold ourselves to acting on our diversity statement, through incorporating it into FSM’s strategic planning process. The FSM School Committee oversees this process. This allows our community to continuously evaluate and discern whether we are on the right course toward the vision articulated in the diversity statement. We know we will never be “done” with the work.

FSM defines diversity as “the many ways in which people are different from one another.”