Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity @Barrie

“We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring.” --Catherine Pulsifer

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Barrie Wins Editors Choice Award

Washington Blade Magazine's Editor recently awarded Barrie "Best Private School" in the publication's Best Of DC contest. The Washington Blade has been covering the LGBT community since 1969. In October 2009, the Blade celebrated its 40th anniversary as an award-winning news source with a large following in print and online.

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STUDENTS VISIT THE HAITIAN EMBASSY

by Rudel Simon, French Teacher
The trip to the Embassy was eye-opening for my students and accompanying colleagues, but for me, it was a reminder of who our people are and the value we place in the human experience. The tour was substantive, informative, and fun. Walking through the beautiful mural and metal artwork on the outside grounds, to the vibrant paintings inside, description of the meaning behind the art breathed life into it, and made us feel as if we were in Haiti watching it being created.

The scavenger hunt was not only fun for Barrie students, but made them feel as welcomed guests to the Embassy. We spent time with His Excellency, Ambassador Altidor, was the highlight of our trip. We were not expecting to have a visit with the Ambassador, so being able to ask questions of him, take pictures with him, and learn more about the country from his perspective was an honor for myself, my colleagues, and my students. We truly were amazed at how generous Ambassador Altidor was with his time and how inviting he was with the students' questions and interests. One of our student sat in the Ambassador's chair – He was Ambassador of Haiti for one (1) minute.

Events

“Join us for a powerful presentation by Barrie parent Dr. Jeff Menzise, as he reflects on his personal journeys to Africa, while leading a discussion about African heritage, international travel, and the culture and symbolism of Ghana, West Africa. Prep students and parents will gather as a community of learners to share, reflect and discuss these topics in a fun and informative way.”

Ghanaian art, African music, drumming, and storytelling during the discussion! Barrie Students Pre K-5th grade!

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Once on this Island is the universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love.  Guided by the mighty island gods Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.

This beautiful story takes place in Haiti, which has often been referred to as the Jewel of the Antilles. Haitians have the distinction of being the first people to execute a successful slave revolt, making theirs the first freed black nation in the world.

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This film revisits the era of Ghana’s independence; and the brief period in which Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora participated in building a liberated territory that can be called the greatest experiment of Pan Africanism to take place since the calamity of slavery.

FOOTPRINTS OF PANAFRICANISM recounts the powerful bonds that were created between Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora to recover from the impact of slavery and colonialism.

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Barrie's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is sponsoring the play Óyeme, the Beautiful on April 9, 2018 at 9:00am. The performance will be followed by a 30-minute audience workshop led by an Imagination Stage teaching artist.

¡Óyeme! is a collaborative project that responds to the surge of refugee children fleeing violence from Central America who have arrived in Montgomery County. Many of the children have experienced horrific circumstances in their country of origin, as well as in the migration here. 

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What's Happening?


Diversity is one of Barrie's fundamental core values. We honor and celebrate the uniqueness of each individual and embrace each person’s beliefs, experiences, values, and perspectives in support of our inclusive and welcoming community. Barrie does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring and other school-administered programs.

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What's Happening

“Join us for a powerful presentation by Barrie parent Dr. Jeff Menzise, as he reflects on his personal journeys to Africa, while leading a discussion about African heritage, international travel, and the culture and symbolism of Ghana, West Africa. Prep students and parents will gather as a community of learners to share, reflect and discuss these topics in a fun and informative way.”

Ghanaian art, African music, drumming, and storytelling during the discussion! Barrie Students Pre K-5th grade!

REGISTER HERE

Read More about Equity in Education

Once on this Island is the universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love.  Guided by the mighty island gods Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.

This beautiful story takes place in Haiti, which has often been referred to as the Jewel of the Antilles. Haitians have the distinction of being the first people to execute a successful slave revolt, making theirs the first freed black nation in the world.

Read More about A Musical With a Message

This film revisits the era of Ghana’s independence; and the brief period in which Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora participated in building a liberated territory that can be called the greatest experiment of Pan Africanism to take place since the calamity of slavery.

FOOTPRINTS OF PANAFRICANISM recounts the powerful bonds that were created between Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora to recover from the impact of slavery and colonialism.

Read More about Ghana Documentary

Barrie's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is sponsoring the play Óyeme, the Beautiful on April 9, 2018 at 9:00am. The performance will be followed by a 30-minute audience workshop led by an Imagination Stage teaching artist.

¡Óyeme! is a collaborative project that responds to the surge of refugee children fleeing violence from Central America who have arrived in Montgomery County. Many of the children have experienced horrific circumstances in their country of origin, as well as in the migration here. 

Read More about Diversity @ Barrie - ¡Óyeme!

Resources

Racism and Colorism: What's the Difference????

http://time.com/4512430/colorism-in-america/



Arts & Activism


Refections on Advocacy for Gun Control- Anna Cronin class of 2019

On Wednesday, February 21, around 30 students went downtown to protest gun control because of the recent events in Parkland Florida. The protest began by word of mouth around Montgomery County public schools and we decided to join them. We walked out of school at 9:30 and took the metro to Union Station where we marched to Capitol Hill. There were hundreds of high school students pouring out of the station and marching. At least a couple thousands of students gathered at the capital and then walked down the mall to the White House where we all sat down in front of it. By the end of the march, thousands of students had shown up to protest. The whole crowd was full teenagers who want change in the government and stricter gun laws because the recent events, and ones in years past, are unacceptable. It was an incredibly rewarding experience to see so many teenagers voice their opinions. There were adults honking at us in support and lining the sidewalks to cheer us on. The protest was more than successful and larger than any of us had hoped.