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Area Families Gather at GFS for Powerful HBCU Panel

On Tuesday, October 17, more than 200 students and parents from Baltimore-area schools—including GFS—gathered in the GFS Middle School Auditorium for the school's first Historically Black Colleges and Universities night. Moderated by White House Correspondent and GFS parent April Ryan, a panel made up of HBCU alumni and faculty and staff spoke to the audience about their experiences and the value of attending an HBCU for college. 

Panelists included Aaries Reed, Assistant Director of Admission at Morgan State University; Dr. Kari Miller, Director of Honors & Scholars Development at Howard University; Shondra Cowling, GFS parent, faculty member and Morgan State University alumna; Michael Molina, Gilman School faculty member and Xavier University of Louisiana alumni; and Danielle Tidline '08, Immigrant Program Coordinator for the Mayor's Office and GFS and Spelman College alumna. Ms. Ryan led the panel discussion which tackled topics ranging from the unique ways in which HBCUs can help students in their career paths to determining the right college fit, to financing a college education. The discussion was followed by an in-depth Q&A with students and parents hailing from Boys' Latin, McDonogh, Bryn Mawr, Poly, City, RPCS, Gilman, Pikesville High and more eagerly asking questions of the panelists well after the official conclusion of the program. 

"GFS is very excited to have organized this event in response to a desire expressed by our recent Alumnae of Color," said Director of Diversity and Inclusion Jessy Molina. "We look forward to growing and expanding this event next year!"
Thank you to Ms. Ryan and all of the wonderful panelists for supporting this event. A very special thank you to Jessy Molina, the GFS Office of College Counseling—Director Ann Marie Strauss, Senior College Counselor Stephanie Metruk and Assistant Lynn Lyon-Vaiden—and to everyone who supported and attended to help create an outstanding event.