Parent Affinity Groups at Gilman

Gilman School is a community of people from different socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities, family structures, religions, and races. In this community, we acknowledge, celebrate, and promote each other’s differences, while we are able to remain, “One Gilman.” Parent affinity groups support the very notion of an inclusive community by boldly stating that diversity is a value welcomed and promoted at Gilman. By providing the space for diverse groups to self-identify, unite openly, and engage intelligently, Gilman demonstrates a full and genuine commitment to diversity.

Parents of African-American Boys at Gilman Affinity Group
The Parents of African-American Boys at Gilman seeks to build a strong parent community at Gilman to support our young men.  We engage parents in meaningful conversations and activities related to their families’ cultural identifiers.  The group hosts quarterly mixers or brown bags that allow for deep and honest cross-cultural dialogue. Our goal is to increase awareness and appreciation of the positive cultural identifiers that distinguish us one from another and identify the common ground that binds us. 

Parents of Asian-American Boys at Gilman Affinity Group
The objectives of this Affinity Group are: (1) to bring diversity and inclusion to the Gilman community by encouraging and supporting Asian-American parents’ engagement in school-related activities, (2) to support our boys and parents in navigating developmental, social and cultural challenges unique to Asian-Americans, and (3) to provide a support network/resource for Gilman families with similar cultural/ethnic backgrounds. We invite you to join this Parent Affinity Group if you share these objectives. Connect with the parent coordinator Jie Xiao at

Christian Affinity Group
They will meet the first Monday of each month from 8-9am in the McCarthy Room for prayer. A Friday bible study will be starting on Friday, Sept 21 from 8-9:30am at the home of Bunny Hudson. For more information contact Bunny Hudson at The study will last 6 weeks and it is titled, “Prayer-Remix”. All are invited.

Join a Parent Affinity Group

Connect with the parent coordinator.

Steffan Johnson

Titles: Parents of African-American Boys at Gilman Affinity Group Coordinator

Veronica Parker

Titles: Parent Association Affinity Group Coordinator

Jie Xiao

Titles: Class Representative, Coordinator of the Asian-American Boys at Gilman Affinity Group

About Parent Affinity Groups

Parent Affinity Group Objectives

  • Engage Gilman School’s parents in meaningful conversations and activities related to their families’ cultural identifiers (i.e. gender, religion, race, age, ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity)
  • Increase awareness and appreciation of the cultural identifiers that distinguish us one from another and identify the common ground that binds us
  • Establish regularly scheduled forums for interested parents to discuss ideas, issues, and initiatives related to diversity and inclusion at Gilman and the greater community

Building an Inclusive Community


Parent affinity groups facilitate the school's ability to go deeper on issues of race, family structure, sexual orientation and identity, disability, or other concerns and engage the full community in a thoughtful, representative, and inclusive manner. They provide a resource and sense of community to those who might feel alienated or marginalized by what might be an underrepresented status within the broader Gilman culture.

Following Student Example

Gilman’s students have set the example

The example our young men have set is one we should follow proudly. Our young men in the Upper School have participated in student affinity groups for several years on campus. There are emerging clubs in the Middle School. These groups have provided critical support to our young men in their personal pursuit of their own identities, and offered a space for them to identify issues, propose solutions, and organize community dialogues. We envision parent affinity groups providing the same types of forums and yielding the same results for Gilman’s parents.

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...Gilman’s mission to educate the whole boy – mind, body, and spirit – depends upon our willingness to appreciate those qualities that distinguish us, one from another, and to find the common ground that binds us ...we seek to break down barriers that cause conflict and injustice and to equip our students [and their families] with the tools to help them become better citizens...

Gilman School statement of Diversity