#Repost @friendsseminary • • • • • • Recently, in the new Center for Peace, Equity and Justice, the Raising Awareness, Advocating Diversity Upper School student club hosted a conversation with Claudia Romo Edelman, a Friends parent and social entrepreneur, global advocate and thought leader specializing in issues affecting the Hispanic community. She is the founder of We Are All Human, a diversity, equity and inclusion firm that works across brands and corporations to promote equal representation and Hispanic unity. Students were struck by Claudia's charismatic delivery and captivating oratory. She wielded data on the political potential, economic power and industry influence of Hispanics and articulated an agenda to bring Latinx folks together around shared goals. After, students stayed behind to talk more with Claudia and to share with her how greatly impacted they were by her work and words.
Friends students and teachers had a fantastic day of learning at the annual young men's conference on leadership and identity held at the Collegiate School. Swipe left for student testimonials!
Julian ‘23, Zoë ‘22, Nour ‘22, Ben ‘23, Jamie ‘22, Julia ‘22 and many others join Kimby Heil, our Director of Service Learning, in Stuyvesant Square Park this morning for Gardening Day!
Tonight, @friendsseminary student representatives at @robinhoodnyc Teen Council got to learn about how Blue Ridge Labs helps launch and grow tech platforms that address economic inequality in NYC. Students got to hear first hand stories of a new crop of hackers building easy-to-use, data-driven tools to empower tenants and take on notoriously bad landlords. The goal behind this wave of what coders call “civic technology” is to create low cost solutions to some of New York City’s most pressing civic problems, like affordable housing.
@friendsseminary hosted the Global Education Benchmark Group’s mid-Atlantic schools today. Pictured are some of the representatives from the 13 participating schools. Thanks to Clare Sisisky, Executive Director of GEBG, for leading us in our topical conversations.
Friends parents discuss their takeaways from the Orientation to Quaker Education. It was a lively workshop! Leitzel and Jason thank Drew Smith, Executive Director of Friends Council on Education, for co-facilitating this session. Next orientation for parents new to Friends Seminary will be held in January.
Designed by CPEJ, Identity Lab is a new series of workshops for second and third graders. The workshops help students explore their identitites, the identities of others, what fair treatment looks like, and how to be an upstander. In this image, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion is leading an Identity Lab session with second graders to explore the concepts of sameness and difference.
Led by the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, students on the Varsity Girls' basketball team participated in a community building activity known as a peacemaking circle. Circles have long been used by First Nations peoples to build relational trust and facilitate conflict transformation. This is an image of the center of the Circle, which was comprised of images of light and words representing hopes for the team.
#Repost @friendsseminary • • • • • • On Friday, October 25, a group of Upper School students, faculty and staff traveled to the Cineapolis Theater in Chelsea for a screening of seven short films focused on young queer life. The screening was part of a new collaboration with the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and five other independent schools (Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Browning, Chapin, Horace Mann and Riverdale). These schools and the DOE came together to co-sponsor NewFest's teen short films program, “Feels Like Teen Spirit,” as part of NewFest’s annual LGBTQ+ film festival. The program consisted of three screenings with talkbacks featuring filmmakers. This program was exclusively offered to high school students and provided access and empowerment for LGBTQ+ youth to see themselves on screen while promoting media literacy and encouraging self-expression. The shorts captured a variety of topics that cut across the teen experience, including family dynamics, bullying, first dates, gender, and identity. Also in attendance Friday was Anne del Castillo, Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, who addressed the audience before the screening. Two independent schools attended each screening over the course of the festival — with up to 40 student and adult participants each. The remaining seats were filled with students from public schools who attended at no cost. This rich, inter-school collaboration provided students from public and independent schools meaningful opportunities to interact, and will become an annual experience. Friends Seminary and its Center for Peace, Equity and Justice are proud to have begun this new partnership with NewFest, the DOE and our partner independent schools.