Pollyanna Conference members discuss sexuality, gender norms

Upper school faculty members attended the third annual Pollyanna Conference at the Middle School Nov. 2. In accordance with this year’s theme, “Everybody, Everybody: Reimagining Gender and Sexual Orientation in Our Schools,” representatives from 15 schools around the country discussed diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as how to become more welcoming toward members of […]

Middle School hosts Pollyana Conference

The Middle School hosted the second inaugural Pollyanna Conference, in which more than 250 representatives from 16 independent schools convened to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion Oct. 27. This year, attendees addressed how to combat implicit biases within a school environment. “During the conference, we talked about how our implicit biases affect how we teach, […]

Word Wizard: Cardin creates LGBTQ crossword puzzles, raises money for charities

Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and science teacher Nate Cardin created Queer Qrosswords, an organization that raises money for LGBTQ charities and encourages inclusivity of the LGBTQ community in crossword puzzles. Cardin raised $16,000 for charities since Queer Qrosswords launched last month. Donors give money directly to charities then send a confirmation email […]

Movie Mondays highlights diversity

The new Movie Mondays committee, which screens movies that highlight diversity, presented their first movie, “Hidden Figures,” to students before Peer Support on Monday. Science teacher and Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Nate Cardin, affinity group leaders and students created the monthly events to highlight diverse voices. The committee said that the goal of […]

School unveils two more all-gender bathrooms

The Upper School now contains three all-gender restrooms, two of which were recently established for the 2017-18 school year.   The all-gender restrooms can be found on the third floor of Chalmers Hall, in Mudd Library near the Information Desk and to the right of St. Saviour’s Chapel. All community members are permitted to use […]

Search ends for Director of Diversity

Associate Director of Admission Janine Jones (Taylor ’18, Avery ’23) will serve as the official Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion after being previously named Interim Director last school year. Science teacher Nate Cardin will assist Jones as the Coordinator of DEI in addition to being a teacher. The creation of new positions focusing on […]

Students, teachers start gender-identity conversations

Speakers discussing gender and sexuality discussion on campus have visited the school in an effort to bring greater awareness to gender-identity issues. This comes after recordings of a number of students using homophobic slurs were discovered. “I wanted to start this conversation because I think there has been so much silence on campus about transgender identities […]

Science Bowl announces teams for spring competitions

The Science Bowl club released in an email Nov. 30 the two teams of five students that will compete in the spring. This year, the club also selected ten younger students to train for future years. “When deciding on each team, many factors were considered: active participation, content knowledge, willingness to be a team player, […]