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As I See It - February 2017

Dear Alumni,
 
Last week’s Upper School Assembly was a panel discussion followed by questions from the boys devoted to the issues raised by Ally Week. The panel of two teachers, a current parent, a young alumnus, and an eighth grader talked about being allies and how important allies are to those coming out as gay to family, to friends, and at school. The open and straightforward panelists seemed to understand their audience and where to pitch the discussion, and the boys, for their part, seemed entirely taken up by what was being said. I was particularly moved when the alumnus and the eighth grader talked about their time at the School and the difficulties they faced (Both had been lead girls in Gilbert and Sullivan.) though adding that they also felt loved and supported.  
 
At the end of the meeting, the boys were asked if they were interested in joining the first Upper School Gay-Straight Alliance. GSAs are very common in American high schools and colleges and increasingly in middle schools and their goal is to make schools safe and welcoming for all students, especially LGBTQ students. Most, like ours, were student initiated and are student driven.
 
Later in the week I asked colleague and GSA advisor, Jennifer Vermont-Davis, about the response to the assembly and she told me that 27 upper school boys had come to the preliminary meeting.  She was delighted; so was I. That’s a lot of allies, that’s a lot of boys wanting to be allies. If boys will feel safer at school now, if boys will feel freer to be themselves, and if more boys will become allies and stick up for each other, then we’re moving in the right direction. 
 
 
David Kersey h'98
Faculty since 1969

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February 9, 2017 
POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER
A-S/Nightingale
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March 10–11, 2017
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Alumni Council Meeting
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Back to 78th Street: Party for the Class of 2014
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New Alumni Breakfast
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