Cultural and Racial Diversity
GFS is proudly a multicultural school, enrolling families from many racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. We strive to be a welcoming and affirming community for students, parents, and faculty/staff of color and for people of all ethnicities and cultures. Our school community offers opportunities where our cultural and racial identities can be part of what we learn about and share at GFS.
Faculty Professional Development
GFS faculty and staff members are engaged in intermediate and advanced professional development around issues of diversity pertaining to race, culture, and ethnicity, and we focus all-faculty and group discussions around these issues.
- Each year a group of faculty attend the Annual National Association of Independent Schools’ People of Color Conference and the Annual White Privilege Conference. The 2016 White Privilege Conference was held in Philadelphia, and GFS took part in the planning committee, joining several other area Quaker schools and organizations.
- All new faculty and staff attend a yearly day-long workshop on Cultural Competence in schools, hosted by the Philadelphia-area Multicultural Resource Center.
- Various opportunities to attend conferences and trainings on topics focused around racial and cultural identity, cultural competence, multicultural education, anti-racism, etc. are publicized and made available to teachers.
- In-house professional development training opportunities for faculty and staff are offered yearly and are designed by the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. These include Intergroup Dialogue facilitation and a professional learning community for multicultural and social justice education.
- Many of our teachers are actively engaged in exploring race, culture, and ethnicity and are leaders in diversity at GFS, regionally and nationally, presenting at conferences and other gatherings.
- Faculty-staff initiated affinity groups include the Staff of Color Group and the White Ally Affinity Group.
- Lower School Social Justice Taskforce: The SJ Taskforce addresses issues of race, culture, and ethnicity and the impact of these in teaching, learning, and community interaction in the Lower School. This group serves as a resource for LS faculty.
- School-wide Diversity Leadership Team: A K-12 group of faculty and administrators who support diversity efforts and help to deepen the diversity conversation across the divisions, this group supports faculty in issues of teaching and learning pertaining to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice, and helps to build positive community interactions in our diverse school community.
Outreach & Recruitment
GFS is a member school of the Philadelphia-area Multicultural Resource Center, an initiative that coordinates events and professional development for independent school members. We are also connected with Nemnet, a recruitment firm that works to attract faculty and staff of color to independent schools. GFS also hosts its own yearly open houses for prospective faculty and staff of color, along with interested candidates who are committed to diversity and multiculturalism in education.