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Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity, equity and inclusion are core tenets of the Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School’s Progressive educational mission. In our community, we value diversity that includes, but is not limited to, the colors of our skin, the languages we speak, the countries we come from, our gender identities, our sexual identities, our religions, the traditions we observe, the structures of our families, the financial resources of our families, the way we learn, and our individual needs. We embrace our community’s many distinctive heritages, values, and beliefs.

We strive to create a community whose members reflect and value diversity and inclusion. We also seek to foster a community that understands the benefits and the responsibilities of living in an inclusive, equitable and diverse world. We believe it is our responsibility to act as part of the larger community beyond the school’s walls and ascribe to the "welcoming schools" model that has been developed by the Southern Poverty Law Center's "Teaching Tolerance" Project:

Since its inception, Falk has been a model of collaboration rather than competition. Children work daily in pairs or groups at all grades and in all content areas. Through working together, our children come to understand the strengths that each individual brings to a task. Children are heterogeneously grouped so that various abilities, learning styles, and perspectives are always present. Families are encouraged to share customs and celebrations with the entire community so our children gain a growing understanding of the differences and commonalities among us. Content is chosen to reflect the contributions of marginalized groups in all areas of study.

Falk’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion group is comprised of parents, faculty and staff. The group provides avenues to uphold the school’s diversity, equity and inclusion mission. The group also helps in Falk’s efforts to bring those values into the community. Please reach out to Deb Desjardins ​if you are interested in joining us.

As part to the University of Pittsburgh, Falk also recognizes and upholds the University’s Nondiscrimination Policy Statement. The University of Pittsburgh, as an educational institution and as an employer, values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and racial/ethnic and cultural diversity. Accordingly, the University prohibits and will not engage in discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability, or status as a veteran. The University also prohibits and will not engage in retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. Further, the University will continue to take affirmative steps to support and advance these values consistent with the University's mission. This policy applies to admissions, employment, access to and treatment in University programs and activities. This is a commitment made by the University and is in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.