Thank you to those who attended the second annual Evening of Celebration and Recognition presented by the Alumni of Color Network. The program included a keynote address by activist and educator Marilyn Allman Maye '65, celebration of achievements by graduating seniors, and a tribute to Alton Edwards as he was presented with the Award for Advocacy and Mentorship in Diversity.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
Calhoun strives to build a learning environment with our core values of diversity, equity and inclusion at the center.
We believe diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to our academic program because they create opportunities for critical thinking and analysis, social/emotional skill acquisition, self-expression and design thinking. Calhoun views DEI work as a foundational component of our educational program and of the school's mission.
Calhoun marked Black History/Futures Month by exploring the theme Black Music and Expression. Created by Upper Schoolers, the theme spoke to the idea that Black music and expression have transformed global culture and have been tools to explore diverse and complex Black experiences.
Six Upper School students and 18 faculty/staff members traveled to San Antonio to participate in this year's NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference and People of Color Conference, respectively.
The Calhoun community walked in the NYC Pride March at the end of June, closing out a month of programming that honored the LGBTQIA community.
In May, the Alumni of Color Network hosted its first in-person event, a celebration for alumni, parents and guardians of students of color, faculty, staff and students.
Ben Baron, Director of Winds and Brass, developed Calhoun's Composition Initiative to "address race and gender-related inequities in student music." He commissioned three composers of diverse backgrounds to put together pieces for Calhoun's musicians.
In honor of Black History/Futures Month, first graders in Tina and Latoya's class selected three African American women who had a big impact on American culture: Katherine Johnson, Nina Simone and Mae Jemison. Students made connections between their stories, and were able to identify similar challenges they faced.
Calhoun celebrated Black History/Futures Month by reflecting on the past and current contributions of Black people to the world. We loved having conversations about how to amplify Black voices and experiences in our community. Learn more about this year's theme, Black Excellence: Everyday, Everywhere.
Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month, which is celebrated from September 15 through October 15, is about honoring and uplifting the voices of our Hispanic/Latinx community
Calhoun built upon its established diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programming by adding a number of new elements, expanding partnerships and responding to the needs of our growing community.