Campus Life

Diversity and Inclusion

About Our Diversity & Inclusion Program

At Foxcroft, we understand the importance of a diverse school community and how each girl's education experience is enriched by living among people from a variety of backgrounds. Here, we embrace our similarities and celebrate our differences. Our program encourages students, faculty, and staff to share perspectives and pursue a variety of learning opportunities essential to maintaining an inclusive residential community that fosters meaningful relationships and mutual respect.

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  • The Diversity Team

    Building a great team requires a diverse group of people on the team. Our Diversity Committee is comprised of faculty and staff members whose collective experiences, backgrounds and cultures allow us to view problems and challenges from a variety of lenses. The group meets monthly to discuss topics related to diversity and inclusion that impact the entire school community. We also plan learning opportunities for students and employees, both on and off campus, and are responsible for providing feedback and guidance to the School administration. A student intern serves as a liaison to the adult group.
  • Our Diverse Curriculum

    A multicultural curriculum includes experiences that allow students to explore events, concepts, issues, and themes from multiple perspectives. Our commitment to building upon girls’ cultural proficiency skills is reflected in our globally focused course offerings, including World Literature, AP Human Geography, International Relations, world languages, and World Religions, to name a few. A number of electives are offered in the areas of history and the social sciences to provide a variety of learning opportunities that raise cultural competency. Additionally, by integrating subject matter across disciplines, students are able to understand that all things in life are interconnected.
  • The Freshman Experience

    During the first year at Foxcroft, we help girls to focus on self-awareness, explore their personal identity and values, and engage in a variety of topics related to lifelong wellness. In addition to their shared experience in World Cultures, girls strive to create a culture of openness, respect, acceptance and self-expression.
  • The International Student Experience

    Foxcroft has a full-time Director of International Student Services who supports girls in various aspects of their life, ensuring they are fully prepared for college. Each year, girls from more than a dozen countries enroll at Foxcroft. In addition to a special orientation program, international students are involved in workshops and other initiatives that help them adjust to life in America. Girls participate in school clubs and athletics, as well as hold student leadership positions, enriching the experience for all members of our community.
  • Diversity through Service

    Foxcroft students engage in local and global communities through service learning opportunities that foster an understanding of different cultures and environments. Organizations that we support include the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation, Sprout Therapeutic Riding Center, Goose Creek Association, Seven Loaves Food Bank, Banneker Elementary, and the Middleburg Humane Society. The Junior Class Walkathon has benefited such international organizations as Heifer International, Uryadi’s Village, and the Polaris Project.

Student-Led Cultural & Affinity Groups

Through open discussion and a variety of activities, student-led groups help increase understanding about issues of diversity and encourage students to engage in active listening and learning. For girls who share a common identity or life experience, affinity groups offer an important framework of association that inspires them to participate in the School’s community of sharing.

We the People Diversity Club

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  • Embracing Different Perspectives

    We the People hosts “Common Ground,” an open forum for students to discuss issues of deep cultural relevance on campus and in current events.
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Global Cultures Club

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  • Celebrating Global Connections

    The Global Cultures Club encourages students to share knowledge about different countries, current events, and customs from around the world at all-school meetings, themed movie nights, and other occasions.
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International Ambassadors

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  • Welcoming Leadership

    International Ambassadors are culturally proficient student leaders help international students adjust to life at Foxcroft School and American culture through a special international orientation and one-on-one relationships.
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  • Diversity Conferences & Training

    Girls who are interested in growing their knowledge of topics and issues related to diversity are encouraged to apply for funding to attend the Student Diversity Leadership Conference sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools. Additional opportunities for diversity education are offered through the diversity network for the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, which hosts various workshops and brings together students from across the region for discussions and training that enable them to share experiences and strengthen leadership roles on campus.
  • Day/Boarder Host Family

    For some girls, the transition to life at boarding school can be a challenge, especially in the first few months of being away from family and familiar surroundings. Even as girls begin to develop new friends and settle into their new “home away from home,” feelings of homesickness are common. During those times and others, the family of a day or boarding student who lives nearby can be a source of comfort by inviting a girl to spend a long weekend, holiday, or share in a family gathering.
  • International Travel

    Foxcroft encourages students to broaden their view of the world and grow their cultural competency by participating in school-sponsored trips to places around the globe. Through these unique opportunities, our students have traveled to such faraway places as Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands*, France*, Honduras, Spain, Nicaragua, Peru, and Senegal.

    *In addition to traveling to these countries, we also reciprocate through some unique cultural exchange opportunities by hosting students on campus from Ecuador and France.
  • Guest Speakers

    Foxcroft welcomes guest speakers and performers to campus from diverse careers, backgrounds, and cultures who enrich our experiences and introduce students to new ideas. Recent guests include Step Afrika, a performance and educational group, and alum Dede Pickering ’ 71, a renowned photographer and humanitarian who has captured photographic images in some of the most remote spots and marginalized communities in the world.

Diversity Events & Resources

Diversi-Tea

Held during Alumnae Reunion Weekend, the Diversi-Tea encourages alumnae connections and conversations with one another and with current students, while celebrating the School’s diverse history.

Faculty Common Ground

Faculty Common Grounds is a faculty group dedicated to monthly discussions designed to foster meaningful adult relationships while building cultural proficiency skills.
Foxcroft, an all-girls school in Virginia, admits students of any race, color, religion, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions, financial aid policies, loan programs, athletics, and other school-administered programs.
An all-girls boarding and day school in Northern Virginia, Foxcroft prepares young women in grades 9-12 for success in college and in life. Our outstanding academic program offers challenging courses, including Advanced Placement classes and an innovative STEM program. Our premiere equestrian program is nationally recognized, and our athletic teams have won conference and state championships. Experience the best in girls' boarding schools: visit Foxcroft.