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Reflecting on the White Fragility in America Tour

Over 500 people filled the Race Street Meetinghouse on April 17 for the only Philadelphia-area stop of the White Fragility in America Tour. Toni Graves Williamson, Friends Select’s director of equity and inclusion, arranged the event and introduced the evening’s speakers: Robin DiAngelo, the author of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, and Jack Hill, a diversity consultant, educator, and author.

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Alumni Stories

Sam Olshin '78

Sam Olshin is a principal at the firm of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects, and is responsible for the restoration of the Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia. Sam Olshin '78 is a principal at the firm of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects, and is responsible for the restoration of the Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia. His firm is also responsible for recent renovations to Friends Select School's lower level and the Blauvelt Theatre. 

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Andrea Kremer '76

Andrea Kremer is one of the most accomplished and widely respected sports journalists in the industry. She was named one of the 10 greatest female sportscasters of all time and among the best of all sportscasters. She is also a two-time Emmy award winner. 

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Evan McDougall '00

After graduating from Goucher College with a BA in theatre and minoring in art, Evan McDougall , has been working in the Baltimore/ Washington D.C. theatre scene as a carpenter, welder, and machinist. He has led and helped crews realize designers’ visions for 5 or 6 shows each season at Imagination Stage and more currently as the Resident Carpenter at Everyman Theatre. He remains grateful to FSS for his early exposure to the arts that has led him down this path in life.

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John Chin '83

John Chin ’83 is the executive director of Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC), a non-profit committed to the preservation and growth of Chinatown. Chinatown has always been a special place for Chin. He recalls that at his interview for the position in 2000, he said, “I want Philadelphia to know that Chinatown is a gem.” 

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Jeffrey Tubbs '95

Jeffrey Tubbs ’95 is president of JDT International, a firm that specializes in urban planning, real estate development and public/private partnerships. Tubbs credits his volunteer work with Big Brothers and Big Sisters as his inspiration for launching his non-profit, Urban Roots. The mission of Urban Roots is to enhance all JDT International housing developments with art, design and sustainable features while mentoring local youth.

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Calvin Morris '59

Reverend Dr. Calvin Morris '59 recalls a saying his father used to recite, “you have to understand that nobody is better than you and you are not better than anybody else either.” Morris was born into a family of social justice activists. He remembers his parents participating in a boycott of the Philadelphia Transportation Company in the '40s to protest the company’s refusal to hire black workers. Morris says, “They taught me that protest was one way of trying to bring about change.”

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