Diversity at SSFS

SSFS All-School Diversity Statement:
Sandy Spring Friends School embraces the values of the Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers. Quaker values are grounded in the belief that there is that of God in everyone. This belief – along with the continuous quest to seek the truth – is central to the understanding that diversity of thought, identity and experience is essential to academic excellence, personal growth and spiritual development. Our School is committed to fostering a diverse community of students, faculty, staff, administrators, trustees and families who accept, appreciate and respect each individual’s uniqueness.


Upper School International Assembly
Sandy Spring Friends School's curriculum cherishes the worth and dignity not only of each individual student, but of our students' cultures as well. These differences among us are celebrated daily in a number of pedagogical ways and manifested annually and publicly in the Upper School International Assembly.

Upper School International AssemblyOn Tuesday, February 6th, Sandy Spring Friends School was proud to host the 22nd Annual Cross-Cultural Student Talent Showcase in the Performing Arts Center Theater. It was a wonderful and celebratory event, where upper school students displayed many different cultural talents, from classical ballet to American hip-hop and Korean K-pop, from Chinese folk music to a traditional Yiddish song, from classical violin to a hulusi solo, and from soundtracks to the Great American Songbook, plus a few other very special surprises, including an international fashion show of traditional and contemporary garb. For those unable to attend, this signature assembly was filmed and is posted to the SSFS YouTube channel. Additionally, high-resolution copies of all photos from the show are available for viewing/downloading on Vidigami here. Students and parents will need to login with their school network account (the same login info they use to log in to the website or Finalsite Learn) to access this photo gallery. A selection of these photos are also available publicly via our online photo gallery, here.

Interracial Marriage Panelists with Korva Coleman
More than 80 friends across our school and local Sandy Spring community came to explore the interesting topic of interracial marriage since Loving vs Virginia. NPR's Korva Coleman seamlessly moderated an open and honest conversation taking questions from the audience. Panelists generously shared a spectrum of their experiences as partners, extended family members, and parents, making it clear how important listening is in moving the world forward. At the close of the formal discussion, audience members, panelists, and our moderator lingered for an additional hour continuing the conversation over coffee and cake.

Friday, January 26th US/MS Assembly - Lyle Denniston, grandfather of Irene '21 and Vivian '28 will be speaking about his 58 years covering the Supreme Court without missing a case. His talk, highlighting the impact of precedence in the law will include discussion of Loving v. Virginia (1967), Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), and the so-called Wedding Cake Case before the court now. NYT article, National Constitution Center blog articles

Interracial Marriage Panel - Jan. 31Wednesday, January 31st 7:15 in the library- Evening Panel on Interracial Marriage since Loving v Virginia.

NPR's Korva Coleman moderates our panel of couples including Chandlee Offerman of Sandy Spring. Anti-miscegenation laws made it illegal for Chandlee and her husband Andy to marry in 1960s Maryland. Together the panel's experience of "mixed" marriage spans the 50 years since the United States Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegenation laws across the country.

Students, parents, and faculty in the SSFS Community, as well as those from the larger community, are invited to come and participate. Please note: this event is recommended for high school students and older. Middle school students may also attend; however, it is advised that they attend with a parent. See more details here, and download flyer.

Korva Coleman

NPR newscaster Korva Coleman will be moderating our Evening Panel Discussion on Interracial Marriage since Loving vs Virginia on Wednesday, January 31 at 7:15 pm in Yarnall Library. Students, faculty, parents, alumni, and friends are all welcome to join us for community, snacks, and conversation! See more here.

MLK Day of Service 2018

Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in the MLK Day of Service. We made blankets for children's hospitals, dog treats for animal shelters, packed food and made casseroles for hunger organizations, all to benefit our local community. This year's event also offered grade-specific breakout discussion sessions that enabled small group, age-appropriate conversations around Dr. King's legacy. A special thanks to parent and faculty volunteers who led projects and discussion groups, as well as the SSFS staff who helped with the event's logistics. See photos online here, and view/download more photos from the day on Vidigami here.

Let's keep these important conversations going. Join us for a continued discussion of "Why Race Still Matters in Our World" on February 6, 2018 at 8:15 am in Scott House.

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