Ten MBS 7th and 8th Graders participated in the virtual “See Us, Hear Us” Equity & Inclusion Summit hosted by Gill St. Bernard’s School on Thursday, October 16.
The MBS Middle School participants spent the day in Wilkie Hall, attending the keynote session as a group before participating in breakout sessions with their peers from other independent schools. The day-long event focused on empowering students to serve as change agents in their school.
The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Rodney Glasgow, the Head of School at Sandy Spring Friends School in Maryland. “We’ve got to get comfortable talking about race,” said Dr. Glasgow. “We have to notice it and we have to discuss it.”
Dr. Glasgow led the students through an opening activity before sharing some personal stories about race and gender from his days in middle school.
“I graduated from middle school many years ago, but we’re having the same experiences today,” said Dr. Glasgow. “The world hasn’t changed much, but little by little, classroom by classroom, it can. The small moments can make a difference.”
In their breakout sessions, students also explored a variety of questions including:
· What do I need to feel included in my community?
· What does my community need to provide additional spaces of support?
· What steps can students take to help make positive social changes to their
MBS Middle School participants in the workshops included: Zach Braun ’25, Juliana Falzon ’26, Alex Genua ’25, Sebastian Miscia ’26, Raidah Karriem ’25, Maya Patankar ’25, Emma Pottratz ’26, Gabriel Prusan ’25, Nathan Soos ’25, and Ben Tofias ’26. The group was led by Michael McGrann, MBS Coordinator of Middle School DEI Initiatives.