Fort Worth Country Day’s diversity/inclusivity activities include, but are not limited to:
Breakthrough Fort Worth
Breakthrough Fort Worth, hosted on the Fort Worth Country Day campus, provides academic enrichment for high-achieving public middle school students from underserved backgrounds. The organization empowers students with the skills to enter rigorous college-preparatory high schools and encourages talented high school and college students to explore careers in education. Breakthrough Fort Worth has been serving students for more than 25 years. For more information, visit breakthroughfortworth.org.
Common Ground launched at Fort Worth Country Day in 2000. A program for students in grades 1-5, Common Ground focuses on appreciating differences, celebrating similarities, building community, nurturing self-esteem and solving problems with the overarching goal to make each student feel safe, nurtured and special about who they are and about who they aspire to become. These goals are achieved through a variety of hands-on activities and monthly meetings during the academic year. FWCD’s program is based on work that came out of the Gordon School in Rhode Island. A Lower School teacher attending the annual People of Color conference brought it back to the School.
Como Community Center Partnership
Since fall 2017, the Fort Worth Country Day Middle School has partnered with the Como Community Center. The relationship began with Middle School Student Council members meeting with Como Community Center students after school on Mondays from 4-5:30 p.m. During their time together, the students would connect with one another through arts and crafts activities and reading, as well as simply playing together.This service learning opportunity expanded to all Middle School students in the fall of 2019.
is the award-winning protocol designed by Pacific Educational Group, which was founded by Glenn E. Singleton in 1992. The program is focused on effectively engaging, sustaining and deepening interracial dialogue. The FWCD Leadership Team, Falcon Inclusion Team and parents have taken part in the training in order to help the School continue to address persistent racial disparities intentionally, explicitly and comprehensively. The training, coaching and consulting the program provides helps to transform beliefs, behaviors and results so people of all races can achieve at their highest levels and live their most empowered and powerful lives.
Faculty Inclusion Team (FIT)
The Falcon Inclusion Team grew organically following an Inclusivity Conference co-sponsored by Fort Worth Country Day and Trinity Valley School in summer 2017. Spearheaded by the Head of School, the team comprises a group of parents who meet quarterly as an advisory group to build upon and grow initiatives to celebrate and appreciate FWCD’s different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs that make the School community so unique.
Nemnet, a national resource organization committed to assisting schools and organizations in the recruitment and retention of diverse teachers, administrators and coaches, hosted a national workshop titled “Overcoming Obstacles to Recruiting Faculty and Staff of Color,” on the Fort Worth Country Day in November 2019. FWCD was chosen from several school applicants to host the workshop. NEMNET works with more than 500 public and private JK-12 schools, colleges and universities, and nonprofit organizations annually. FWCD has had a strong relationship with the organization for more than 10 years.
SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity)
The SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity)
chapter at FWCD is part of the national project that partners with schools, organizations and communities to develop leaders who guide their peers in conversational communities to drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward social justice. SEED at FWCD is a faculty-led professional development program that sponsors monthly meetings throughout the academic year for FWCD faculty, staff and parents.
FWCD SEED leaders are Andreanne Annis, Molly Risewick-Zeno, Peggy Wakeland. Program topics have included Fostering Social Tolerance, Gender and Sexuality, Facing the Truth about White Privilege: Where Do We Go from Here?, Making Sense of Black Lives Matter, and Findings from the People of Color and the Student Leadership Conferences.
Upper School Inclusivity Club
This Upper School school club has had different names, including DAP (Diversity Action Program) and the Diversity Club. In 2020-21, the Inclusivity Club focus is on providing a safe space for hard conversations about social justice topics. The goal is to support FWCD students of color and empower them rather than providing programming.
Guest Speakers and Events
- Rosetta Lee Presentations in 2018 and 2019
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
- St. Stephen's Diversity Conference
- NAIS People of Color Conference
- NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference
- Hosted National NEMNET Diversity Faculty Recruitment Workshop