Affinity groups offer students who share the same identity a safe space to gather and build connections.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Contact the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Charla Okewole, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Multicultural Parents Alliance: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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/staff-initiated affinity groups help address concerns and foster deeper connections within our community.
Each of our four educational divisions have dedicated Diversity Committees.
Learn about our student-led affinity and social identity groups on campus.
The Alumni of Color Initiative aims to build and sustain strong connections with GFS alumni of color.
GFS seeks to improve the capacities of our students, faculty, and staff through professional development, conferences, and in-house days.
Our Diversity Ambassadors take on collaborative leadership roles in their commitment to cultural programming, social justice, and more.
The LGBTQPFA is for same-sex parents and their allies, who may be interested in exploring diversity at GFS. The group offers support and camaraderie for families with LGBTQIA+ relatives, or with children exploring issues of their own sexuality.
The MPA is committed to creating and integrating cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity in the GFS community.
DEI News and Updates
Divisions held special assemblies to commemorate Black History Month.
Read reflections from our 2023 Lunar New Year event.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Office of Community Engagement held an annual Day of Service on campus.
The Friends Free Library compiled a reading list and collection of resources in honor of Transgender Awareness Week.
The Office of Community Engagement held its second Community Engagement Series on housing justice.