Friends’ Central School seeks to cultivate a diverse community of individuals who are respected and affirmed as they engage in learning and other school experiences. We strive to create a community of belonging where members of FCS can bring their authentic selves to campus, embracing all identities, including race and ethnicity, gender identity, sexual identity, class, religion, disability, family structure, nationality, and other social identities. We are engaged in an ongoing journey to confront and unlearn bias both personally and collectively so we can become a more equitable, anti-bias school.
Fundamental to the Religious Society of Friends' testimony and practice is our commitment to embodying our values through the policies, practices and culture we build together. We call upon all members of our community — faculty, staff, students, administrators, parents, trustees, and alumni/ae — to join us in this work.
Director of Equity, Belonging & Inclusion
As a member of the Friends' Central senior administrative team, Erica oversees equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts school-wide. Erica comes to FCS from Greene Street Friends School, where she served in a number of roles since 2012, including Dean of the Lower School, Learning Specialist, and Diversity Clerk. Erica is a nationally recognized expert in the field of diversity and inclusion. She has published widely and is frequently asked to present at national and local conferences. Before joining the Greene Street Friends community, Erica was Dean of Students at Friends School in Detroit. Erica holds an MS in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA degree from Marygrove College, and a BS degree from Lincoln University.
Lower School Diversity Clerk
Tanya Muse '02 has been committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at Friends' Central for the last 10+ years. In the classroom, she created a social justice curriculum to use in N-5th Grade classrooms. She was awarded a stipend and presented research on Alums of Color and their stories in Independent Schools. Tanya has participated in numerous professional development days around DEI work, including the NAIS People of Color Conference (POCC) which she has attended for over 13 years.
Middle School Diversity Clerk
Lauren is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion work at Friends Central and beyond. She has been an advisor to the Middle School student diversity/service group (Students of Culture) for the past 12 years. In addition, she helped start our MS affinity groups 10 years ago and continues to develop curriculum for the affinity group program. She has served on the Middle School diversity committee for many years. In addition she has attended various conferences and workshops that focus on DEBI and has also presented at the NAIS People of Color Conference.
Upper School Diversity Clerk
Jacob Fogel '07 says that the importance of DEI work was impressed upon him as a student at FCS. Seeing windows and mirrors in the classroom, providing safe spaces for uncomfortable conversations, and celebrating the similarities across differences are some of the essential motivations for him when working with young people. He has had the opportunity to continue learning at many conferences over the years as an attendee, presenter, and facilitator. He is particularly proud of the work FCS has done around student-led affinity groups and FCS' very own conference Different Voices, Same Vision.
Upper School Diversity Clerk
Rebecca Benjamin has been a member of the diversity committee since 2015 and a co-clerk since September 2017. Rebecca is passionate about working to create a school where all community members can bring their whole selves every day. As part of the diversity committee, Rebecca has organized student focus groups on student experience, she has supported the affinity group programming, and the student diversity conference. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work is a large part of why she became a teacher and she is excited to be doing this work at Friends’ Central.