Gunston’s Co-Director of College Guidance, Mr. Tony D’Antonio has recently returned from Paul Smith's College (PSM) in New York. Along with four other College Counselors from Pennsylvania, Maine, New York, and Massachusetts, he was invited to visit campus and experience firsthand the unique campus environment, student body, and academic programs.
Gunston has a deep institutional commitment to supporting and sustaining a diverse, tolerant, anti-racist, and hate-free school environment.
Gunston promotes an environment that values the inherent dignity and worth of every individual, and we seek to educate our community to expect, navigate, and embrace difference in a thoughtful and civil manner. As such, we endeavor to create and sustain an inclusive and equitable community that welcomes individuals from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. We strive to cultivate an understanding and appreciation of diversity that includes, but is not limited to, age, ethnicity, family structure, gender, gender identity, nationality, neurodiversity, physical ability, political perspectives, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. As a school, we are committed to offering extensive, ongoing educational programming and professional development to support the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Consistent with the essential core of Gunston’s mission and philosophy, Gunston seeks to recruit and support a diverse student body, and our community consists of students and families from a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Overall;
approximately 18% of Gunston students identify as students of color,
and each year Gunston welcomes onto our campus international students from Europe and Asia who make up 11% of our student body. These talented young men and women, all of whom are living and studying far away from their family and support network, bring an extraordinary diversity of perspectives and experiences to our campus.
Meanwhile, approximately 65% of students receive need-based financial aid from Gunston.
Highlights from Gunston’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan.
The TIDE Book Club is a part of Gunston’s larger DEI Strategic Plan, where we aim to increase community engagement and discussion of topics related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Parents, students, faculty, and alumni are all invited to participate!
Dr. Dennis spoke to students and faculty about the ways in which the pandemic has amplified not just the difficulties experienced by those with learning differences, but across the board for everyone, and the importance of formulating an action plan for yourself.
Yesterday we held a remarkable student-planned and student-led discussion on race. We will continue these conversations into the fall and beyond.
Gunston has a deep institutional commitment to supporting and sustaining a diverse, tolerant, anti-racist, and hate-free school environment. We do this through both programming and philosophy, and to this end, our Board recently approved a revised Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement
We are excited to announce Gunston’s new community book club, TIDE (Talking about Identity, Diversity, and Equity). We will kick off our book club with a discussion of Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude Steele.
A team of Gunston students and employees attended the National Association for Independent School’s flagship diversity conferences, the Student Diversity Leaders Conference (SDLC), and the People of Color Conference (PoCC) held November 30 through December 4th.
On Thursday, November 19, Gunston students and staff joined award-winning NCAA Athlete Schuyler Bailar via Zoom for a Q&A session. Students asked questions ranging from how did you deal with bullying? Do you think insurance should cover surgeries? After you transitioned, what was it like competing as a man? What was your major in college? Can you explain the role of hormones—estrogen and testosterone and how they work? How did you tell your parents? and more.
The Gunston School’s new Diversity Leadership Speaker Series virtually presents its first guest, Schuyler Bailar, an award-winning NCAA Athlete and inspirational speaker on Thursday, November 19. Students and faculty will join Bailar via Zoom for a presentation and Q&A session.