Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Education

In the Spring of 2020 we knew it was important to share more explicitly how we incorporate our Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity (JEDI) work into our program, across all subjects and throughout the year. Hence the birth of the MPFS JEDI Task Force, made up of teachers, families, administration, and trustees. Teachers have incorporated social justice in a wide variety of ways over many years, and not just in January and February. Social Justice is wide reaching across subjects, and is honored throughout the curriculum all year long. This year we are committed to being more intentional about communicating and sharing our JEDI work with our community, as well as bringing more professional development and family events centered around JEDI topics and engagement. Some of these have/will include:

  • 2020-21:The MPFS Listening Campaign, facilitated by the Philly Children’s Movement
  • The Race Institute (faculty) with Toni Graves Williamson and Ali Michaels
  • February 4 - February 11, 2021: Access to the film Virtually Free by Andre Robert Lee
  • February 9, 2021: Q&A sessions with Andre Robert Lee for our middle school students (2pm) and our families (7pm) 
  • April 7, 2021: Sonja Cherry Paul joins our faculty meeting after school and presents to families that same evening.

This is a year of intentional purpose and more realistically, years of purpose in the pursuit of growing our racial literacy and positive racial identities, for our students, faculty, and families. Diversity is our super power, and as Katherine W. Phillps (Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and ethics and senior vice dean at Columbia Business School) writes in her 2014 (republished in 2020) for Scientific American, “Diversity enhances creativity.  It encourages the search for novel information and perspectives, learning to better decision making and problem solving.”

During a difficult year that has, more than ever, brought the importance of this work to the forefront, MPFS pledges to be an example to our community that racial literacy and teaching social justice issues are not simply one-off lessons to be completed each year. In the same way that Friends education infuses the SPICES across subjects, our work with JEDI is a journey of learning and discovery that must be fostered throughout the curriculum.

MPFS families interested in joining the JEDI Task Force may do so by completing the form here. For any questions about JEDI, or any other aspect of our programming, please contact Director of Admissions & Programming, Angela DiMaria.