Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Equity Update from Erica Snowden, Director of Equity and Multicultural Education


From the founding of the Society of Friends in the mid-17th Century, Quakers have recognized the spiritual equality of all persons. This basic tenet of Quakerism stems from the belief that there is “that divine spark” in everyone. This philosophy has guided Friends' Central School’s commitment to the ideal of respecting all persons.

Friends’ Central School is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive and diverse community. All constituencies - faculty, staff, students, administrators, parents, trustees, and alumni/ae - are responsible for an awareness of and ongoing dialogue around equity issues of race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, privilege, religion, physical ability, and family structure.

Our commitment is based on Quaker testimony and practice in which we honor each perspective and life experience. Our community as a whole benefits when we listen and involve a broader range of voices.

Erica Snowden

Erica Snowden

Director of Equity and Multicultural Education

We were thrilled to welcome Erica to the FCS community in July 2020. As a member of the Friends' Central senior administrative team, Erica will oversee 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.