Cultivating Our Garden: Working to Uphold Racial Justice

Toni Graves Williamson, Friends Select's director of equity and inclusion, writes: "In a year when we are figuring out how our educational program adjusts to the limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to remember that our country is also suffering from another pandemic—the pandemic of racism. What is our culpability?"

Michael Gary Speaks

Being in community is a truly distinct value of Friends Select that has been strengthened throughout this unique school year. 

Advance Friends Select: Transformation Campaign

Big News: Thanks to the generosity of Liz Widdicombe P’18,’22, a trustee, parent, and Quaker, all gifts and pledges to the Advance Friends Select: Transformation Campaign will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000! 

My Friends Select Experience as a Black Student

Steve Lawrence ’81, Friends Select's national alumni board president, writes: "From day one, I was comfortable at Friends Select. I got along with my classmates and teachers. More importantly, the environment allowed me to adapt and evolve in a setting conducive to learning. But it was not my social life—far from it."

Black Alumni Reflecting on Their Experiences at Friends Select

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, Friends Select School has recommitted itself to seeking racial justice, teaching tolerance, and building an anti-racist community. Working with national alumni board president Steve Lawrence ’81 and director of equity and inclusion Toni Graves Williamson, Friends Select has been making concerted efforts to engage with and listen to Black alumni. Recently, Nyeema Caldwell ’20 and Cindy Harper Covington ’84 reflected on their experiences as Black students at Friends Select. 

The COVID-19 Influence on College Planning

As they continue to adjust to the many changes COVID-19 has presented in their daily lives, Friends Select’s classes of 2020 and 2021 also adapted their college search and application processes to fit the changes implemented within the world of higher education owing to the global pandemic.

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