On the evening of Friday, December 15, an intrepid group of GFS alumni traversed snow and ice to come together in the warmth of Hargroves for the kick-off of the Alumni of Color Initiative. They were joined by faculty, staff and US student leaders of the student groups Sistahs (an affinity group for female students of color), Brothers for Academic and Social Enrichment (BASE), and the Asian Students Alliance.
This Alumni of Color gathering, the first public event of GFS's new Alumni of Color Initiative, invited attendees to reconnect, hear about the latest GFS happenings, tell their stories, and engage more deeply with the school.
In a moment of sharing, everyone expressed their reasons for coming to this event. Some echoed similar thoughts (about fitting in, feeling "outside"), and some were uniquely personal.
Andre Robert Lee '89 presented a video of current students and alumni of color that spoke to the need for a supportive community. Their message was simple and compelling; they said, in essence, "We need you now, just like you needed someone then."
Sandra Jewett '74 spoke beautifully about changes she's witnessed at GFS. She's felt a renewed sense of community and reaching out on the part of the school. She's been involved in meetings and decision making, and is feeling heard. She exhorted the gathered alumni that the time is now to re-engage with GFS. This is a time of listening and acting, in order to make a strong and truly supportive Alumni of Color community.
Thank you to the Alumni of Color Steering Committee, and especially Michelle Palmer and Diane Mallery, for creating what will be the first of many engaging Alumni of Color events!
Are you interested in being a part of this initiative to grow our Alumni of Color network? Contact Michelle Palmer.