DEI in October Part 2

What's been happening around campus

In the Lower School...
  • In the aftermath of recent hate crimes in our nation, there have been conscious efforts made to have conversations with students about religious diversity. At this past Friday’s whole school morning meeting, the students read books featuring Jewish characters so that our students are minded that members of the Jewish faith are just like the rest of us. 3rd grade will have a visit from the Jewish Heritage Club this upcoming week.
  • Our lower school affinity group for girls of color starts this Tuesday, Nov. 6. Click here if you would like your child to attend.
  • Kwame Alexander, Newbery medal winning author, came to visit the lower and middle school students on Nov. 1! They sang songs together and he signed books. It was a great time!
  • Akailah McIntyre, Director of Diversity & Inclusion had a conversation with 4th graders about allyship on Nov. 2! Students learned about words like “upstander” “ally”, and why we should work toward using the word “differently abled” instead of “disabled”.
  • Our lower school teachers had their second diversity & inclusion professional development session on Oct. 25. There were discussions about representation of people of color historically and modernly, and about practices that we can put in place in our classrooms to work against normalizing the dominant culture.
In the Upper School…
  • Our upper school Jewish Heritage club plans to write cards to members of the Pittsburgh Community who have been affected by the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting this week, and hosted a tri-school Jewish Heritage Club student conversation to process the tragedy on Nov 2.
  • The Student Diversity Association showed this video at a morning meeting to consider Halloween representations and hosted a subsequent lunchtime student conversation. This video was a follow-up to Mrs. McIntyre’s conversation with the students a few weeks before the holiday.
In the Middle School...
  • Students had a “Mix it Up at Lunch!” Day on Oct. 23! Elisha James summarizes the event:  Tuesday, October 23rd was National Mix It Up Day. Research indicates that during lunch, students often sit with the same group of people. Therefore, students miss the opportunity to learn more about people in their community. Leaders of our Community Council, Student Government Association, Visual and Performing Arts and Athletic Association planned Mix It Up Lunch to encourage members of the community to step out of their comfort zones, and get to know other people. Student leaders created mixed grade-level groups and led those groups in conversations and games during lunch. The Mix It Up Lunch stretched students to embrace peers across grade-levels and as a result, rich conversations were started and the community made stronger. Throughout the remainder of the year, student leaders will plan more Mix It Up Days.
  • Kwame Alexander, Newbery medal winning author, came to visit the lower and middle school students on Nov. 1! They sang songs together and he signed books. It was a great time!
In the Community…
  • Our Parent Diversity Committee held its introductory meeting on Oct. 29, including conversations about Halloween representation. We will host a parent listening session on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. Details to follow!
  • On Wed., Nov 7 at 6 PM, the Parent Diversity Committee will host a great tri-school event about structural inequalities in Baltimore at Bryn Mawr School. Participants will play a game in an interactive format. See you there!
  • Nov. 16 at 5:30 PM in the Faissler Library is the celebration of our first Black alum! Click here to RSVP if you haven’t yet!