"We prepare students to engage in the world that is and to help bring about a world that ought to be."

Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism

A Statement on Black Lives Matter

I encourage us to keep our minds and hearts focused on the clarion call of our moment––Black Lives Matter. As a Quaker school, we deplore racism and violence. We believe in protest and are constantly modeling for our students how to bring about change—peacefully as the Quaker Peace testimony directs us.

At Friends, we train our students not to sit on the sidelines, but to engage in the great moral challenges of our time.
We teach them to speak out against injustice, to use their words and talents and not their fists or firearms to fight for what is right. We urge our students and our families to get involved in any way you can to support our Black friends and families. Why? Because it is imperative. If racial justice is never achieved, our world will remain a sphere with a crack that runs right through it."

- Bo Lauder, Head of School

Diversity & Inclusion Mission

The Society of Friends is founded in the belief that there is that of God in every person and that truth emerges as new voices are heard and incorporated in our understanding. We believe that the quality of the truths we know is enriched and deepened by welcoming people with diverse experiences of the world into our community.

We want to foster a community that addresses the challenge of valuing difference and making every individual feel welcome, supported, and safe: a community in which each person is asked to make the rigorous commitment to recognize the Light within every other, to hear that piece of truth each person brings to the continuing dialogue which is the foundation of our community. We want our daily interactions to demonstrate that maintaining respect and pursuing the hard work of understanding difference creates strength as we work to define and move toward common goals.

Our mission as an educational institution is to prepare our students to participate in an increasingly interdependent world and, by graduating an increasinglydiverse group of students, to help build a more effective citizenry and representative leadership for the future. We seek to develop the skills and discipline necessary to communicate effectively and to learn from a rich variety of experiences and points of view. This work is central to valuing diversity, to the purpose of education and to the Quaker ideals of integrity, peace, equality and simplicity.

In a world in which people continue to suffer profound inequalities of opportunity, we dedicate ourselves to stretching what we have and are capable of: to working to become a community more representative of the city in which we live and to improving our ability to support a diverse student body. The gap between our ideals and the possible creates struggle to which we commit ourselves with energy and joy.
Adopted October 2005
Friends Seminary — the oldest continuously operated, coeducational school in NYC — serves college-bound day students in Kindergarten-Grade 12.
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