DEI Friars Continue Support for Equity

This year, Fenwick’s DEI Friars club is continuing to have an active role in shaping Fenwick’s culture.

Mr. Moland, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, works with students to discuss and converse on how diversity, equity, and inclusion can be more representative within the Fenwick community. When asked about the motivation to organize DEI Friars, Mr. Moland stated, “DEI work was an area of concern prior to 2020, despite the efforts of several teachers and administrators in the building. Our students and alumni expressed loudly that there needed to be changes.” Some requests made fell along the lines of investing in diversifying the student body and faculty, whilst also employing new equitable policies to enhance the inclusivity of the Fenwick experience.

Already, there have been significant steps made towards growth in regard to DEI. When asked how his high school experience has changed from his freshman to senior year, Bryton Seaton said, “As a whole, Fenwick has become open to new ideas/beliefs, and accepting of those who are different. I am very proud of the progress we have made but I acknowledge that where we are now isn’t enough.”

DEI is a focus on the hope for change and involvement. Students can help contribute to a better understanding of diversity simply by respecting one another. Students can also take the initiative and get involved with other communities unlike theirs. If you would like to be part of these efforts, here are some of the following discussions the club has had: ideas on adjustments to the grading scale and process when entering honors classes, behavioral accountability, costs of summer school and enrichment courses, and a possible school wide immersion on inclusion, language, and actions.

It is important to remember that if DEI is going to mean something, students and staff must act upon it and do their due diligence. It is as Senior Bryton Seaton said: “We all need to implement DEI into our everyday lives to make Fenwick the best it can be.”