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.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
“We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring.” --Catherine Pulsifer
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.
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.
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".
Barrie parents came together on November 7th to kick off this year's Parent Diversity Alliance. This group was formed in order to create an intentional space for parents to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion perspectives into their daily lives.
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.