By Merissa Reed, Student Equity Programs Coordinator
This school year has been an exciting year for equity and inclusion programming at the Middle School. We have strengthened our partnership with Upper School students as they have continued leading the affinity group dialogues at the Middle School. Organically, some of the students are increasing their participation; the Black/African/African-American student facilitators are planning to expand their role by hosting more optional meet-ups and perhaps starting a Black Student Union (BSU) chapter at the Middle School.
Upper School panelists came down to the Middle School during our community time to talk about what it means to either identify as LGBTQ+ or be an LBGTQ+ ally, hosted by Queer Straight Alliance (QSA). QSA also hosted our Feb. 22 dance, working with the DJ in advance to curate an LGBTQ+ friendly playlist, trivia, and even baked pride/rainbow-themed goodies for dance attendees to snack on while they enjoyed the festivities.
Recent developments with the COVID-19 pandemic have delayed the Student Diversity Leadership Retreat until May, but we still are hoping to have eight Middle School representatives attend this event, hosted by Seattle Country Day School.
We continue to grow in grace and challenge ourselves to be an inclusive community.