Diversity and Inclusion
Garrison Forest School’s Office of Community Life and Inclusion cultivates and maintains a welcoming climate on campus for all to be appreciated and accepted for who they are, as they are. A welcoming atmosphere on campus is the optimal environment for the school community to grow and learn together. By ensuring that multicultural perspectives are integrated into all that we do, we create a rich learning community for all students. Our curriculum, co-curricular activities, and community involvement reflect the beautiful diversity not only of our students, faculty and families, but of the world around them.
Why is Diversity Important?
When students, faculty, and families learn amidst a variety of perspectives and viewpoints, learning and growth is accelerated. Students learn the critical 21st century skills of critical thinking and collaboration by working in diverse groups to solve problems. Learning in diverse environments encourages young people to build empathy, broaden their perspectives and think outside the box. When students, faculty, and families bring our full selves into the classroom, we all benefit tremendously from the multitude of experiences, histories, cultures and stories that surround us.
Inclusion, Identity and Belonging at Garrison Forest
We ensure that our curriculum and co-curricular activities are inclusive, and we support all of our student in exploring various aspects of their identities. We build connection and understanding across difference in all of our divisions and among students, faculty, staff, parents and the broader community. We support the recruitment and retention of diverse students, faculty and families. We have a Dialogue Across Difference program to host and train faculty and students to host community conversations on the intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality and more. Our office also coordinates the following affinity and cultural groups:
- Sisters in Unity - an affinity group for students of color in the Middle School
- Students of Color affinity group in the Upper School
- Jewish Students affinity group in the Upper School
- Future First Generation College Students affinity group in the Upper School
- Student Diversity Leadership Council
- Black Student Association
- Asian Student Association
- Jewish Students Association
- Gender Spectrum Alliance
- Faculty of Color affinity group
- Parents of Color Affinity group
The Office of Community Life and Inclusion supports students, parents and faculty and staff by providing resources to help facilitate courageous conversations and develop age-appropriate ways to engage students in these efforts.
Resources for Parents
31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance
100 Race-conscious things you can say to your child to advance racial justice
We Really Need White People to Talk to Their Kids about Racism
Talking to Kids About Racial Violence
Supporting Kids of Color In the Wake of Racialized Violence
How To Talk To Kids About Race: An Age by Age Guide
Resources for Middle and Upper School Students
Questions? Please contact Carolyn Lewis, Director of Community Life and Inclusion, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (410) 559-3260.