What is the DEIJ committee up to now?
The DEIJ committee at LFS is an active committee, meeting together every first Wednesday. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the Zoom link to join us.
We are planning our school celebrations for Dr. MLK Jr. Day and connecting with local resources to help us honor this important holiday.
We have begun our work as a committee to conduct our yearly review of DEIJ @ LFS.
We are completing a review of our logo to ensure that the imagery we have developed is not hurtful, promotes inclusion, and fosters justice at LFS. If you are interested in providing feedback, please check out the "Our logo" page and take the short, anonymous survey.
We are updating our webpage! Sharing our work with the world is an important part of being transparent and community-oriented.
We are reaching out to the Lancaster community to connect with local organizations as well as marginalized groups within Lancaster. If you have suggestions for outreach or would like to connect with us in a partnership capacity, please do not hesitate to give the school a call or email email@example.com.
We are completing an ongoing review of our Equity scholarship fund stewardship. A wonderful way to help advance DEIJ @ LFS is by donating to the school, either to the general fund or to the Equity scholarship.
We are gathering information for potential speakers and topics for our family education workshops.
What does DEIJ mean?
DEIJ stands for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice.
The below definitions from the J.E.D.I. collaborative give a good, but not comprehensive, definition of the terms comprising DEIJ.
Definitions from the J.E.D.I. Collaborative, 2021.
What about DEIJ @ LFS?
The DEIJ committee has worked together to assemble the following definitions expanding upon the above summaries to fully articulate what the concepts of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice look like at LFS.
What does DIVERSITY mean at LFS?
Diversity at LFS includes and goes beyond the diversity which we can see. A rich and expansive definition of diversity fosters learning, encourages personal growth, and prepares students for the differences of thought, background, and identity which they will encounter in their lives after LFS. In the same way that biodiversity is necessary for the health of our earth, diversity in human culture is necessary for the health of our social and cultural world. Intentionally stepping out of our homogenous surroundings takes work and effort, but greatly improves our social experiences.
What does EQUITY mean at LFS?
Equity also means recognizing the unique needs of students, families, and other community members to provide appropriate and individualized resources based on those needs. Reaching out to families and community members to take initiative in addressing issues is an important part of our definition of equity. We recognize that marginalized communities already have great burdens in the field of DEIJ, and we acknowledge that it is our responsibility to create connections in order to share in and elevate that work. It is equitable that we make a concerted effort to learn more about our community members and to hold ourselves accountable by providing space for sharing, but not requiring marginalized community members to do the work of creating a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just community; those are efforts in which we all participate.
Equity in our pedagogy also means that we provide a culturally diverse and responsive curriculum that represents those inside and outside of the classroom and encourages multicultural learning, cultural appreciation, and representation for all. Equity also means, much as in the Quaker value of equality, to treat children as peers, and recognize that we learn from each other.
What does INCLUSION mean at LFS?
Inclusion is central to providing a welcoming and safe environment for all LFS students. Our goal is that students experience diversity through their interactions with others who each have their own unique stories, and that we are guided by the Quaker principles to honor and nurture students’ individuality. We come together with open hearts and minds to see and acknowledge the beauty in our differences. Each of us has many intersecting identities which come together to create our whole selves, and we must acknowledge these in each other to lift and celebrate our community.
What does JUSTICE mean at LFS?
Justice at LFS is a strong part of our mission and purpose. We teach true history with the incorporation of diverse narratives, attempting to answer the hard and thoughtful questions asked by students and diving deeply into the “whys” of our world. Using these lessons of history, we are driven to action. Knowing how our world works empowers our students to become involved, and LFS puts a strong emphasis on incorporating all community members in working for justice. By showing students from an early age that their activism, for others and for themselves, can make a difference, we equip them with the skills to be activists in any and every career in the future.