Now in her 7th year at Barrie, Maati Wafford has worked collaboratively with faculty and administrators to enhance many aspects of Barrie’s diversity work. She began as an active member on the Diversity Task Force, which was responsible for crafting a diversity mission statement. She has provided her service and expertise as the school worked towards accreditation and strategic frameworks to include diversity in more formalized ways.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The deadly shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue shook the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
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From the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Maati Wafford
Washington Blade Magazine's Editor awarded Barrie "Best Private School" in the publication's 2018 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.
The Parent Diversity Alliance hosted its first Engaging Equity Evening to explore masculinity and gender equity on May 17, 2017. Exploring Masculinity & Gender Equity. We reviewed excerpts from the Netflix documentary "The Mask You Live In", and discussed the article, "Young Men Say They Feel Stuck in a Man Box".
The Inaugural Prep Diversity Symposium was held at Barrie on October 13th. "Using Your Power: Exploring Identity Through Arts and Activism" included sessions led by local artists, activists, and educators covering topics ranging from race in the media to gender identity, and beyond.
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.
"I'm not in the business of trying to demonize our Founding Fathers. I don't really think there's any benefit to that. But I'm also not trying to deify them. "
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.