A weekend of events included town hall-style assemblies, a welcome reception at the Lewis Museum, a mentoring event with current students, a special recognition dinner, and more. Read all about it here.
Community, Inclusion, and Equity
Teaching boys How They FitA primary educational goal is for boys to understand "how they fit" in our increasingly global society. Learning to interact with people from backgrounds different from their own helps them reach this understanding. Gilman's robust diversity gives boys the empathetic skills they need to become responsible global citizens.
Gilman has a history of being a community school, and character and the desire to lead develop best through action. Boys develop empathy, understanding, and compassion for others through daily interactions as well as volunteering and service to the community.
The Parent Association and Gilman’s office of Community, Inclusion, and Equity, recently hosted a Book Club and Community Conversation. Antero Pietila, author of Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City, was interviewed by Rodney Glasgow ’97.
On a recent Saturday the Middle School held an Affinity Leadership Retreat. While there are many things a student might choose to do on a weekend other than return to school, nearly 60 boys participated. Facilitated by ten Upper School affinity group leaders, the event was designed to encourage dialogue across divisions and set the standard for affinity groups in the Gilman community. Learn more.
A Community School
Being a community school means that we seek to understand the needs of the city and local areas, not least so that we can understand where we might be able to add expertise and resources to solve city problems.
Gilman is currently doing this in several ways. We support B.E.S.T., Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust, an organization that looks to work with talented students in order to place them in one of the many fine independent schools in the city and county. We sponsor our own summer Learning Camp and are a site location for Bridges, an innovative leadership program for Baltimore City youth. We participate with the Middle Grades Partnership. Our goal is to find ways to build relationships with colleagues, bring teachers together and to partner our students with peers from different schools.
Learn more about our Baltimore connections.
Gilman School's commitment to diversity is founded on the belief that our community is strengthened by the vibrant exchange that occurs when individuals with different backgrounds, abilities and heritages share their various perspectives with one another.