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What's cool about our campus is that it's spread out over seven acres in Philadelphia's historic neighborhood of Germantown. The buildings are an eclectic mix of old and new, a unique look and feel more consistent with a college campus. With three gyms, three auditoriums, a student center, numerous open, green spaces and nine classroom buildings, it's a place worthy of adoration and exploration. The Meetinghouse, at the center of it all, provides a beautiful and spiritual focal point.

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Quaker Education

At GFS, students and teachers gather in Meeting for Worship once each week. This is a time for shared, silent contemplation. Anyone who feels moved to speak may rise and do so. It is a simple formula, and can be a remarkably powerful experience.In these days of constant connectivity, the ability and opportunity to sit in silence have special value. Meeting for Worship is a cornerstone of the GFS culture that many come to cherish throughout their lives.

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We strive to deal fairly, equally and honestly with everyone. We aim to do as we say, reflecting our beliefs in our actions. even when it is inconvenient or challenging, we stand by our convictions, striving to lead lives of integrity.

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We are all blessed with remarkable gifts. We are equally qualified to seek truth and to hear the voice of God. Every person deserves equal respect. For these reasons, we work against prejudice and discrimination and for equality.

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"Alone we can do little; together we can do so much."* We know there is strength in cooperation and wisdom to be found when many perspectives come together. We believe in the power of community.*
The words of Helen Keller.

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In every way we can, we try to minimize the distractions that can draw our attention from the important things in life. This means not becoming overwhelmed by the busyness of daily routine. It means seeking balance. It means embracing simplicity.

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This planet we inhabit, the talents we've been given, the community of which we are a part- all hold remarkable value. We must be responsible, imaginative and proactive in protecting these gifts and caring for the world and people around us. We must exercise good stewardship.

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We believe each life is precious and unique. We stand against war and violence and work to eliminate their root causes, including ignorance, racism, hatred and oppression. We are committed to creating peace.

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AOC Spotlight: Jessica Gray '07
AOC Spotlight: Jessica Gray '07

We are pleased to spotlight Jessica Gray '07, the assistant athletics director for the J.T. and Margaret Talkington Leadership Academy at Texas Tech University, a role she was promoted to in January of 2020. In this position, Jessica uses "the four pillars of character, career, wellness and leadership" to positively impact the lives of her student-athletes. 

A 2011 graduate of Temple University with a BA in journalism and a minor in theater, Jessica was able to draw on her passion for athletics to become the Division I Temple Men's Basketball team manager. Through hard work and dedication to the program, she was offered, and accepted, a graduate assistant position, which allowed her to obtain a Masters of Science in sport business with a concentration in athletics administration. She credits GFS and former Girls Basketball Coach Tom Myran for allowing her to rest her body in between fall field hockey and spring track & field seasons by taking on the role of manager for the girls basketball team. 

"My time as the girls basketball manager at GFS was the launchpad for my career; it was this experience that allowed me to play a behind-the-scenes role with a team that led me to become a men's basketball undergraduate manager and a graduate assistant at Temple. Overall, my experience at GFS from second grade to graduation prepared me for life in a diverse and ever-changing world; my countless experiences on athletic teams, musical groups, class projects, etc., prepared me to work with people from all walks of life and respect their experiences and be able to engage in both 'safe' and courageous dialogue. I credit a lot of who I am today to GFS and the Quaker belief that there is 'that of God in everyone.'"

When reflecting back to her time on campus, and, in particular, the adults who influenced her most as a student, Jessica shared fond recollections of her time spent with mentors, teachers, and coaches: Meg Goldner Rabinowitz, Ken Aldridge, Byron Davis, Malik Mubasheer, Rita Goldman, Dick Wade, Sharon Askew-Gould, Tom Myran, Lisa Burns, and Herb Hamilton. She also gives credit to the "peers, classmates, and the Black and Brown students" in the grades surrounding her own for the constant reminders that "representation matters."

When thinking back on her own path after GFS and the important lessons she learned along the way, Jessica has some sage advice for current GFS students and recent graduates interested in pursuing a similar career in athletics.

"Get involved where you are and in whatever capacity is available to you. Get your hands dirty and don't be afraid to do the 'busy' work that doesn't appear to be important; there are lessons to be learned at every step. In my first year with the Temple Basketball program, washing towels was not the most exciting task, but I washed and folded those towels to the best of my ability! Last but not least, establish your 'why' for wanting to work in the sports world. Collegiate or pro: it is not all glamorous."

Finding her own "why" was an important journey for Jessica—one that was focused on helping others. "I wanted to make a positive, intentional and meaningful impact on the lives of others," she shares, "have the ability to support the holistic development of student-athletes."

While the work and the journey can consume a great deal of time, Jessica recognizes the importance of finding a balance and pursuing positive outlets and personal passions along the way. For her, these include singing, painting, and travel. During her time at GFS, Jessica was involved in choir, Madrigals, and musical theater, and later became president of Temple's first and only all-female a cappella group, "Singchronize." She also had opportunities to sing the National Anthem for athletics events during her college years. Painting has become an important form of self-care, and travel has allowed her to learn from other cultures and experience all that life has to offer.

We'll be watching as Jessica continues to blaze trails as a woman of color in the Division I athletics arena!