DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION
At Forsyth School, we strive to create a community where all members feel cared for and connected.
We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are ongoing and ever-evolving processes. We consistently question and evaluate our work in an effort to provide an inclusive, supportive community where all members can be themselves. The stages of our process mirror child development in which children first notice and question, then understand and celebrate differences.
Forsyth's Board Committee for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) works with the Head of School and Evetty Satterfield, DEI Consultant and CEO of Advancing Lives, LLC, to lead community-wide efforts and programming—including Cultural Studies specialist intensives with Senior-Kindergarten and Grades 1, 3, and 6.
With Senior-Kindergarten and Grade 1, students discovered what makes them special and how their uniqueness contributes to various communities. In Grade 3, students worked together as a cohort to develop a description for "skin color":
Skin color is a beautiful vessel for your body... Skin color is the pigment that covers your muscles and blood, so that you look alive... Skin color protects your veins inside and makes the world colorful... Skin color is the feelings and emotions of your largest organ...
In Grade 6, students learned about charity vs. justice, equity vs. equality, and how to advocate for change. They discussed a variety of religions and explored race and race relations in America.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion was identified as one of three strategic priorities as part of a new strategic plan for Forsyth, adoped 2020/21: Bolster efforts to build a thriving, diverse, equitable community culture at Forsyth School.
- Commit to implementing inclusive, equitable, and sustainable practices that attract, enroll, welcome, and retain diverse students, families, faculty, staff, and administrators.
- Commit to professional development that prepares faculty to teach a diverse student body.
- Continue to revise the curriculum to include a growing array of perspectives, cultures, backgrounds, and racial/ethnic groups.
- Continue to ensure that financial aid enables students from a variety of economic backgrounds to attend Forsyth.
- Provide time and space for our community to come together on a consistent basis.
Forsyth has partnered with the following organizations on events and programs related to diversity, equity, and inclusion:
Forsyth faculty and staff participate in a variety of professional development opportunities related to DEI:
- National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference (PoCC)
- Inclusion in the Early Years: Why, What, and How with Rosetta Lee, hosted by Independent Schools of St. Louis (ISSL) and the Center of Spiritual and Ethical Education
- Educators for Social Justice Conference
- Striving for Equity, Inclusion, and Community Conference at New City School
- On-site speakers: Sherry Coleman, Danielle Harrison, and Sharon Ravitch
- On-site book study: The Loudest Duck: Moving Beyond Diversity While Embracing Differences to Achieve Success at Work by Laura Liswood
- On-site book study: Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving