fb

Diversity & Inclusion

A Message from Director of Diversity & Inclusion Dorothy López

At Moorestown Friends School, we are committed to fostering a community that is both equitable and inclusive.  In keeping with the Quaker philosophy of honoring each individual, students representing various diverse backgrounds are affirmed yet encouraged to respect and learn from one another in an environment which values community and experiential learning inside and outside of the classroom.

As a multi-divisional institution, we strive to shape, incorporate and refine our curriculum to support different learning styles and in addition, to be culturally competent and relevant for students to actively engage and learn from multiple perspectives to prepare them to be productive citizens in the global society in which we live in.

At Moorestown Friends School, there are many opportunities for students to be agents of change which promote awareness for equity and social justice. Our robust club offerings are student led and initiated and include a variety of cultural and interest groups. Students gather in these groups to focus on diversity issues affecting the daily lives of students in the community.

As the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, I work with a dedicated team of divisional diversity coordinators who serve as advocates for our students and their families as well as to the faculty and staff of MFS to ensure that our community is a safe place for everyone that moves beyond tolerance and makes transformative efforts to promote equity and justice.

Please feel free to contact me at (856) 914-4432 or dlopez@mfriends.org for further information.

Fast Facts

46% of the student body are students of color. A wide variety of religious faiths are represented as well. In keeping with the Quaker philosophy of honoring each individual, students representing different ethnic, cultural, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds are challenged daily to respect and learn from one another. 

Special Student Groups

Challenging StereotypesA number of organizations on campus foster diversity and community. Here are just a few:

  • Diversity Committee, a division of Upper School Student Government that discusses issues related to diversity and inclusion
  • FOCUS Club, for students who identify as Christian and wish to pursue spiritual practice
  • Gender Equality Forum, which pursues all issues related to gender equality and hosts events such as the Challenging Stereotypes Photo Exhibition
  • Girl Up, associated with an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation, aims to give young women the opportunity to become global leaders
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Club is designed to bring together students of all racial and cultural origins for weekly lunch meetings
  • PRIDE Club, a club for LGBTQ+ students and allies who meet to discuss issues impacting and surrounding the LGBTQ+ community. PRIDE club also hosts the annual events Coming Out Day and Day of Silence.
     
Affinity Groups

Upper School students have the opportunity to meet in Affinity Groups throughout the year. The term affinity group is used as a bringing together of people who have an identifier in common, e.g. race, gender, religion, family status, etc. Affinity groups are for individuals who identify as members of the group and can speak to the experience of being a member of the group from the “I” perspective. Below is a sampling of Upper School Affinity groups: 

Black Student Union
Jewish Student Union
Hispanic/Latinx Affinity Group
White Ally Affinity Group
Multi-racial Affinity Group
Children of Divorce Affinity Group
Asian-American/Pacific Islander Affinity Group
South Asian Affinity Group
Adopted Affinity Group
LGBTQ+ Affinity Group

A Middle School Affinity Groups program is currently being developed.

Division Diversity Coordinators

Emily Bowditch, Lower School Diversity Coordinator 
Jen Murphy, Middle School Diversity Coordinator
Michael Avilés, Upper School Diversity Coordinator

Join us at an OPEN HOUSE

Great Kids, Going Places