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Diversity at AFS is one of our deepest strengths and resources and one of our most important challenges.

Cultivating Critical Consciousness and Creating A Conscious Community with Dignity

At Abington Friends School, we affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every individual, guided by the Quaker testimonies and a commitment to equity and justice.  We strive to create a conscious community where all members are seen, heard, and valued for who they are—promoting respect, understanding, belonging, and a celebration of our shared humanity.

Recognizing the strength that lies in our diversity as a transformative force for positive change, we actively engage in ongoing learning and critical self-reflection to challenge bias, dismantle oppressive systems, and nurture an environment where every person can thrive. We emphasize the development of critical thinking, agency, and self-advocacy skills, which encourages all community members to express their thoughts, ask questions, challenge assumptions, and engage in meaningful dialogue.

Ultimately, cultivating critical consciousness and creating a conscious community with dignity not only prioritizes the holistic growth and well-being of each community member, but also empowers and equips them with the awareness, language, and cultural tools to fully envision and live the promise of an equitable, inclusive, and just community at Abington Friends School and beyond.

 

For more information, contact Mikael Yisrael, Director of Equity, Justice & Engagement.


The following principles inform our daily practice:

Diverse Backgrounds

The curriculum, program and climate of the School must reflect the diverse backgrounds of the members of the school community, of the wider local community and of the global community in terms of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion, gender and ability.

Excellence in Teaching & Learning

Excellence in teaching and learning can only occur in a school community that honors the multiple perspectives provided by individuals and groups with a wide variety of backgrounds.

Role of Identity & Privilege

An understanding of the role of identity and privilege in society and in school must be intentionally built into the education of students and the professional development of adults in the community.

Curriculum & Program

The curriculum and program of the School must foster thoughtful questioning and critical thinking about the historically inequitable distribution of power and privilege throughout the world, and must support students in understanding the impact of these inequities and in taking action to fight injustice.

Cultural Competency

Cultural competency is essential in developing a just and equitable learning community for all of its members; the School must commit necessary resources to provide learning experiences for all adults and students that support this.

A Just, Equitable and Inclusive Community

The work of creating a more just, equitable and inclusive school community must happen both on the personal and the institutional levels; the School must provide necessary resources to support both institutional transformation and individual self-exploration and growth around issues of difference.