Gilman is a leader in diversity education, supporting programs and initiatives on local, state and national levels.
- AIMS Job Fair
- NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute
- NAIS People of Color Conference
- NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference
- Local Student Diversity Leadership Conference
The Diversity Leadership Institute is an intensive week-long residential program designed to provide independent school faculty, staff, administrators and diversity practitioners with broad-based tools to lead and manage change in their communities. Johnnie Foreman, Gilman's director of community and diversity, serves as a member of the institute faculty. Each year, Gilman sends an average of three faculty and staff members to the institute, thus broadening our community's understanding of matters of diversity.
The People of Color Conference brings together independent school teachers and administrators of color and diversity advocates of all backgrounds to examine issues of inclusion, equity and justice, and multicultural education. Conference participants attend 90-minute workshops offered by practitioners and experts in all aspects of diversity, multiculturalism, and equity and justice work. Comprehensive affinity group work helps attendees develop and celebrate their own racial/ethnic identities. Keynote speakers help connect the work of the conference with happenings in the world. Gilman faculty members often participate in the conference as presenters and facilitators.
The Student Diversity Leadership Conference is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9–12) from around the country. The conference focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies and building community. Led by a diverse team of adult and peer facilitators, participants develop effective cross-cultural communication skills, better understand the nature and development of effective strategies for social justice, practice expression through the arts, and learn networking principles and strategies. The Student Diversity Leadership Conference encourages students to apply the leadership principals they develop within their own communities after the conference. The Gilman students who attend the conference travel with faculty members bound for the People of Color Conference, as the two events are held concurrently at the same location.
Each year, several Gilman students participate in the local Student Diversity Leadership Conference. We train our boys to serve as faciliators and/or deliver workshop sessions. The boys may cover topics such as tolerance, gay-straight alliances, anti-bullying, power and privilege, all reflecting the NAIS and our School Statement of Diversity and diversity in all its forms.