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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.

1. Main Building 2. Meetinghouse 3. Sharpless 4. Hargroves 5. Wade Science Center 6. Alumni Building 7. Admissions 8. Living Graveyard 9. Dead Graveyard 10. Loeb Performing Arts Center 11. Smith Gym 12. Cary Building 13. Friends Free Library 14. Field House 15. Scattergood Gym

we have deep roots in this place

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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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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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Our Shared Path to Equity: A Working Plan
Our Shared Path to Equity: A Working Plan

July 3, 2020

Dear GFS Community,

With deep respect and solidarity for our Black students who have courageously told their stories of aggressions and microaggressions, and in unity with those who have brought these experiences forward, we are committed to making GFS safer and stronger with bold, swift, and direct action.

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We have identified immediate actions already put into place this week, steps that will be implemented over the summer, others that will take time, and many that are ongoing. A timeline for our actions will be forthcoming and this plan will be adapted and strengthened as we hold our Community Conversations and as we hear more voices, particularly those of our Black community members.

VIEW THE FULL WORKING PLAN

Outlined priorities and action items include, but are not limited, to the following:

Update and Improve Protocols for Safety and Accountability:

  • Establish a team that includes a representative of the DEI Office to review and adjudicate reports of racially based bias, discrimination, and microaggressions
  • Establish clear processes, consequences, and protocols for any individual found to have committed bias or discriminatory acts; audit all handbooks and policies to ensure anti-racism and anti-discrimination statements are clear and complete
  • Ensure that all members of the community understand that racist remarks, actions, and behaviors will not be tolerated

Require and Expand Anti-racist Training and Education:

  • Expand professional development requirements for faculty and staff related to race and equity, and require all members of administration to participate in a yearlong program of Seeking Equity and Educational Diversity (SEED)
  • Create space in the advisory periods in Middle and Upper Schools for implicit bias and microaggression education and require students to attend teach-ins and dialogue days
  • Require School Committee members to participate in annual trainings
  • Introduce plan for parent and caregiver education and dialogues

Deepen Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Anti-racist Curriculum:

  • Continue curriculum review and make revisions to bolster anti-racism and DEI content across all divisions
  • In Lower School, expand Anti-Racism Curriculum (ARC) and extend racial affinity group conversations to 3rd and 4th graders
  • Launch an anti-racist curriculum for Middle School
  • Launch required African American History course in fall 2021 (elective will continue to be offered in 2020-21)
  • Continue piloting Grading for Equity standards

Build Affirming Environment and Partnerships:

  • Review and remake public and classroom spaces to reflect, represent, and celebrate Black life and inclusiveness
  • Establish Student Advisory Groups to partner with leadership, DEI Office, and Communications
  • Continue and expand the intentional pathway for people of color to leadership positions

Increase Representation and Retention Across the School:

  • Update School Committee composition to allow for greater diversity
  • Expand efforts to recruit Black faculty and staff and establish a need-based fund to support the pursuit of continuing education and advanced degrees, prioritizing faculty/staff of color
  • Expand efforts to recruit and retain Black students; Provide support for the Director of Diversity Recruitment to enhance our relationships and community partnerships that yield increased admission for Black and otherwise diverse applicant pool

We know that for this work to be effective, every part of our school must be considered. And we will report back to the community as we go.

As part of the process of listening, healing, and taking action, we invite you to join us for one of our upcoming Community Conversations, which will be held over Zoom and led by an outside facilitator starting next week. These conversations are designed to give members of our community the opportunity to share thoughts and feelings about racism at GFS and give feedback on the working plan. Please visit this page for session dates and times. If the sessions fill up, we will plan additional opportunities.

We cannot go back in time, but we can fix the future. We thank you for your partnership in moving this most critical work forward.

In peace,

Dana Weeks
Head of School

David Feldman
Clerk of the School Committee

 

VIEW THE WORKING PLAN AND A VIDEO MESSAGE FROM DANA WEEKS