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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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At GFS, we welcome the experiences and perspectives of all members of our community.

We strive for continuous growth in understanding and valuing the intersections of age, ability, gender, race and ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. We bring awareness to these varied parts of our identities and the roles they play in making us who we are, individually and as a school community. 

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team coordinates with all members of our community to better engage in these principles. We see DEI as integral to the ethical foundation of our community, and it is a responsibility that we all share. 

GFS is a community that values both intergroup and intragroup connections. The work we do within groups and across our community permeates the fabric of our school life. Our desire is to improve relationships between people by dialoguing, engaging in constructive conflict, and working together in authentic and meaningful ways. 

Engagement On Campus and in the Wider World

On Campus

GFS creates spaces for students to engage focused learning on relational identity development and allyship through events such as Diversity Dialogue Day in the Upper School and our all school Unity Day.

Many of our teachers and staff are actively engaged in exploring race, culture, and ethnicity, and are leaders in these areas at GFS, regionally, and nationally. Faculty and staff-initiated affinity groups help address concerns and foster deeper connections within our community.

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Affinity groups offer students who share the same identity a safe space to gather and build connections.

Off Campus

Conferences and Workshops

GFS seeks to improve the capacities of our students, faculty, and staff through professional development, conferences, and in-house days.

Diversity Ambassadors

Our Diversity Ambassadors take on collaborative leadership roles in their commitment to cultural programming, social justice, and more.


Contact The Office of Diversity, Equity & INclusion

Charla Okewole, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Multicultural Parents Alliance:

DEI News and Updates