The LGBTQ+ Friends and Family Group at Friends Select School presents a special event panel, moderated by Evan Thornburg, Deputy Director for Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs. We will learn through discussion about the changing landscape of identification and best practices.
Over 500 people filled the Race Street Meetinghouse on April 17 for the only Philadelphia-area stop of the White Fragility in America Tour. Those who were unable to see the event live were able to watch a live stream in the Blauvelt Theatre at Friends Select School. 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.
Friends Select’s SummerSessions program has flourished in the last 12 years to offer a wide range of courses that utilize the school’s location in Center City to offer in-depth, exploratory learning. Desiree Harmon, Friends Select’s middle school dean and director of SummerSessions, recently discussed how the program continues to evolve, and what parents and students can expect this year. SummerSessions classes run from June 10 through August 9, and registration is now available.
It has become a recent tradition at Friends Select for me to share with the community the state of the school. I am thrilled to share that the state of our school is strong.
In the spring of 2018, Herb Siegel ’46 honored his friend and classmate Andy Lucine ’46 with a generous challenge to the Friends Select School community: Herb would match, dollar-for-dollar, $500,000 in donations to support need-based scholarships for Friends Select students. By the end of the calendar year, the community delivered: a total of $508,305 in gifts was raised by alumni/ae, parents, former faculty, and trustees to establish The Andy Lucine ’46 Scholarship Fund, a $1 million endowed fund to support students.
Advance Friends Select is the culmination of many years of an exciting, thoughtful, collaborative process undertaken by our community to reimagine an unparalleled Quaker education in the heart of Philadelphia.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”