Diversity

Students

Guided by two faculty advisors, Portia Morrell and Pauline Dorio, who are also members of the school's DEI Core Committee, Secondary students lead active clubs that focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. Club leaders stand behind their motto, "If you're not uncomfortable, you're not learning," as they work with maturity to confront the challenges facing themselves, classmates and our society.

Club members are active leaders in developing programs for the Secondary School, including:
  • Workshops on race relations, immigration, (dis)ability, gender and women's rights for students at all grade levels in Secondary, 
  • Mental health awareness and destigmatization, through trainings, workshops, and zines
  • LBGT Day of Silence, OUT for Safe Schools training for faculty and staff, 
  • Black Lives Matter community action 
  • Annual trips to student leadership conferences, including NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference and the Dalton Diversity Conference
  • Cultural Center programming.
  • They also publish a monthly newsletter, covering topics from the Black Lives Matter movement to intersectionality in our everyday lives.

Student activities are organized in an umbrella organization, The Coalition, which meets regularly to steer the work of individual clubs and affinity groups, which include:

List of 7 items.

  • American Sign Language / ASL Club

    The ASL club is a space where you can learn about Deaf Culture and American Sign Language, with the goal of normalizing ASL as a language as important as the other ones taught at Lycée.
  • Black Students Union

    The Lycée Français de New York Black Student Union provides a safe space for black students to be able to express themselves, to inspire and guide younger students, to contribute to the cultural education of the school community, and to ensure that the voices of black students are included in the decisions that impact the student body.
  • Jewish Community and Culture

    A club open to any Lycée student who wants to discuss Jewish customs and culture as well as problems the Jewish community face in the modern world.
  • Middle Eastern Society

    The Middle Eastern Society is open to all students in the Lycée to discuss a wide range of topics on the Middle East and its interactions in different sectors globally. The club is a safe space to discuss a beautiful, multi-ethnic region that has so much to offer. 
  • Queers and Allies

    Q&A is open to all secondary students who want to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community or organize projects to raise awareness about it. The club holds frequent discussions about issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community and to work on various activism projects.
  • Students for Human Rights

    Students for Human Rights is a space for discussions and presentations about global issues occurring throughout the world and at home. They focus on topics that are not necessarily covered in mainstream media or that are misportrayed and not deeply investigated.
  • Young Progressive Leaders

    YPL's main goal is to take action in the community and inspire others to do so too! Their work includes grassroot organizing such as voter registration drive, as well as discussion around local and national political issues. They firmly believe that it’s not hard to make an important change in your community!