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THE PRACTICE OF DIVERSITY at Friends Seminary draws on several of the testimonies, especially those of equality, community and integrity. It begins with the idea of seeing ourselves in others and others in ourselves—seeing our fundamental connectedness—but it demands more, because starting with ourselves may lead to making assumptions that blind us to the reality of others. It asks that we listen with openness and humility to each other and engage in dialogue that may be challenging; part of that challenge is the need to peel away ingrained conditioning and to be open to continuing revelation. It asks that we recognize that there may be privilege intrinsic to our backgrounds and that there is privilege associated with being a part of the School community, no matter what our background may be. The practice of diversity acknowledges our differences. The many kinds of diversity at Friends Seminary—including culture, race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family, physical ability, ways of learning, and the kinds of work we do—reflect the richness of our interconnected world.

How do I recognize the value of and ensure respect for many kinds of diversity?

Recognizing the existence of privilege, how do I support a sense of belonging for all members of the community?

How do we celebrate our similarities and differences?

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