Strong Minds. Kind Hearts.

From the Director of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs...

I am excited to join the Friends Academy community as the first Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs! Grounded in the Quaker ideals of integrity, peace, equality and simplicity, a commitment to diversity is not new to Friends Academy. Students, faculty, staff and parents have long been actively involved in supporting diversity here at Friends, and work continuously to ensure that everyone feels they are valued members of our community.

At Friends Academy, diversity is not separate from but, instead, integral to school life. Our students bring to us a wide variety of talents, cultures and experiences. In support of our mission, Friends works to foster diversity and inclusion through the establishment of a coherent system of academic, administrative, community and co-curricular programs. Our multicultural approach crosses all divisions, all curricula and all activities to address current and emerging issues of equity and justice in independent schools. To honor our commitment to diversity, we move beyond the traditional representations of heroes and holidays so we can engage in challenging conversations about equity and social justice.

Our mission as a Friends school compels us to sustain a diverse, inclusive school community and it is everyone’s responsibility to create a safe and accepting environment. Together we build our leaders of tomorrow and create a school community that reflects the diversity and multicultural composition of the increasingly global community in which we live.

- Shanelle Robinson

Shanelle Henry Robinson


Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Shanelle_Robinson@fa.org

516.393.4284