DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVITY
At Forsyth School, we strive to create a community where all members feel cared for and connected.
We believe diversity and inclusivity is an ongoing and ever-evolving process. 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.
During the 2019/20 school year, Forsyth established Forsyth Forward, a new event series to promote all-school initiatives and topics of interest to support the advancement of the school community. Topics include (but are not limited to) diversity and inclusivity, curriculum innovation, social-emotional development, technology, and sustainability.
In 2019, Forsyth's Head of School established a dedicated Task Force to spearhead community-wide Diversity & Inclusivity efforts. A complementary, faculty-led Equity & Empathy sub-committee provides information, resources, and support to faculty and staff. During the 2018/19 school year, Forsyth partnered with the following organizations on Diversity & Inclusivity events and programs:
Forsyth faculty and staff participate in a variety of professional development opportunities related to Diversity & Inclusivity:
- 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