The first pillar of Friends School of Minnesota states:
We envision a school community that embodies strength in diversity through the sharing of rich cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and experiences, and the celebration of varied personal expressions and identities, while recognizing the challenges posed by societal structures of oppression. We envision a student body that is able to work towards and is committed to social justice and equitable changemaking in the world. We commit to the long-term, collective work of examining school culture, practices, and policies, changing conditions to promote equity, defining diversity and inclusion needs within our school community, and approaching this work with humility and urgency.
For a period of 1.5 years, the Equity & Inclusion Consultant(s) will support our school to more fully realize that vision. She, he or they will work with management, staff, committees, parents and children to examine and guide improvements to the school’s policies, practices and culture, as well as providing direct support services to students, parents and teachers.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Plan and facilitate/support a re-examining of major policies and practices, including (but not limited to): admissions, financial aid, hiring, personnel policies, communications, MLK celebration, transportation, extended day and summer camp programs.
Provide or arrange staff professional development with a focus on racial, ethnic, gendered, economic and other forms of equity.
Support a review of curricular scope and sequence using social justice as a lens.
Convene events/study groups for the school community to better understand equity and to develop shared language around equity as a school community.
Convene and support affinity groups for students of color and families of students of color around issues concerning education, youth social/emotional/cognitive development, or other topics of concern to the groups.
Support the staff Equity Committee, the governance Equity and Justice Committee, and the School Committee as appropriate on related issues.
Consultant(s) should have a depth of experience and understanding of diversity and equity issues, and how they apply in a K-8 school environment.
We are open to proposals from individuals or groups who can address parts or the whole of the scope of work.
Additional Salary Information: 30 hours per month average for duration of project
About Friends School of Minnesota
Friends School of Minnesota is a thriving, independent, K-8, Quaker, progressive school of 165 students in the heart of Saint Paul, Minnesota. In the tradition of more than 80 Friends Schools across the United States, FSM meets children’s intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs in an environment that nurtures their social consciousness. Now in its 29th year, FSM is a healthy, vibrant, stable institution known for its rich commitment to progressive education, community, acclaimed conflict resolution program, and holistic, joyful approach to educating children.
FSM is dedicated to its mission to prepare children to embrace life, learning, and community with hope, skill, understanding and creativity, and to the Quaker values of peace, justice, simplicity and integrity.