Diversity and Inclusion

The mission of Glenelg Country School outlines the principles that bind us together as a community. However, it does much more than acknowledge them—it is a call to action that challenges us to embrace the diversity of “background, culture, and thought” and presents us with a unique opportunity to accept the responsibilities that come with that call. Our commitment to these values both galvanizes and unifies our community as we strive to ensure a voice for all and to strengthen the “Dragon Ethos” of respect, integrity, and inclusion.

A few highlights of diversity and inclusion activities in 2020–2021.

 

 

  • The Upper School successfully launched affinity group spaces, allowing students a virtual space to support each other through these challenging times.
     
  • The Common Ground Student Diversity Council led their first collective Affinity Group Unity caucus to collectively discuss ways to help our community ensure we can be more inclusive.
     
  • Four Upper School students represented GCS at the virtual Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference: Sofia V. ’21, Hailey C. ’21, Daniyel C. ’22, and Jasmine H. ’23.
     
  • The Middle School Diversity Club launched a Community Speakers series and welcomed Gabriela Kahrl, senior attorney at the Capital Area Immigrants Rights Coalition, and Emma Smith ’19 from Active Minds, a mental health advocacy group, to engage with students in topics around diversity.
     
  • The Lower School aligned the Characters Counts traits with the Pillars of Diversity and engaged in the first lesson around having respect for others and the importance of unpacking stereotypes.
     

 

Meet the Diversity Committee

Cate Barry

Performing Arts; Humanities

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Beth Bell

Second Grade

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Rachel Edwards

Upper School Administrative Assistant

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Damian Garcia

Co-Director of College Counseling

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Uyai Harper

Executive Assistant to the Head of School

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Sheena Jordan

Diversity Coordinator

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Noah Konkus

Middle School Science

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Hilary McCarthy

Interim Head of Lower School

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Anne Smith

Middle School English

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Jazmine Sneed

Lower School Kindergarten

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Aaron Tolentino

Alumni Coordinator

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Emily Vallejo

Upper School World Languages

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David Weeks

Global Education and Community Service Director

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