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

Beth Bell

Second Grade

Damian Garcia

Co-Director of College Counseling

Uyai Harper

Executive Assistant to the Head of School

Sheena Jordan

Diversity Coordinator

Hilary McCarthy

Head of Lower School

Anne Smith

Middle School English

Jazmine Sneed

Lower School Kindergarten

Aaron Tolentino

Alumni Coordinator

Emily Vallejo

Upper School World Languages

David Weeks

Global Education and Community Service Director