Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

MLK Social Justice Teach-In Days

Every year in February, GDS hosts MLK Social Justice Teach-In Days at the Middle School and High School. In lieu of regularly scheduled classes, students participate in—and often lead—activites to honor the life, work, and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  • 2019

    The 2019 theme is "On the Side of Justice: Creating a Beloved Community." It is intended to connect us to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Six Principles of Nonviolence and his quest for The Beloved Community.

    The keynote speaker will be Karsonya (Dr. Kaye) Wise Whitehead, associate professor of communication and African and African American studies in the Department of Communication at Loyola University Maryland and the host of Today with Dr. Kaye on WEAA 88.9 FM.

    The days will conclude with a rousing performance by the world-renowned comedy team COMETRY. COMETRY is masterful at storytelling, raising awareness, and delivering an inspirational message, all while making you laugh.

    Artwork by Kierstin Oliver '20

High School Workshops: Tuesday, February 12

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  • MASTERCLASS: Blackface, The N-Word, Cardi B, and MAGA Hats: Exploring Media in the Age of Trump

    Using the politics and rhetoric of Donald Trump as a lens, this workshop will take a deep dive into cultural appropriation
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  • Identity Show Private Tour

    An in-depth exploration of student art based on: race, culture, family, sexual orientation, gender, religion, ability, and socioeconomics
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  • Teaching About v. Talking About Religion at GDS - Promoting Awareness & Understanding

    How do we interact with and understand ourselves and others around conversations about religious identity in the larger GDS community?
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  • The Annexation of Hawaii: A Story of Power, Sugar, and a Real-Life Princess

    How did Hawaii end up as part of the US, and what did sugar have to do with it? 
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  • The Policy Institute

    Are you interested in learning about what has been called one of "the best practices in education" by Education Advisory Board?
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  • Middle East - Is Peace Without Social Justice Possible?

    A discussion of the situation in the Middle East based with a special focus on the Israeli Palestinian issues.
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  • SDLC Brought to GDS

    A workshop centered on the experiences of the 2018 Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) held in Nashville, TN.
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  • What's Really Happening at the SW Border? U.S. Government's Treatment of Asylum Seekers

    The federal government was partially shut down due to a Congressional standoff between Congressional Democrats and the President who is intent on building a southwest border wall. 
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  • Phones, FOMO, and Facing Your Addiction

    Are you addicted to your phone?
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  • Henna, Yoga, and Appropriation

    South Asian and Middle Eastern cultures and religions are regularly appropriated by Western societies. The appropriation is often so subtle that most people have no idea of the original source of what they are participating.
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  • Civil War to Civil Rights in a Small Place

    Come learn about a rural community's involvement in civil rights over a century's time.
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  • Immigration and Civil and Human Rights

    Explore the pushes & pulls of immigration from the lens of an immigration lawyer.
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  • Mental Health, Mental Illness, and Stigma

    In this session, we will view an episode of Jada Pinkett-Smith's Red Table Talk with guest Kid Cudi.
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  • Om Nia American: Jazz, Protest, and the Sound of (Black) Power

    A historiography of the intersections between black protest movements and jazz music through the end of WWII to the age of the Black Panthers.
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  • Privilege Walk (Hosted by $AG)

    Join us for an interactive workshop around how GDS students experience socioeconomic status
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  • Songs of Protest and Resistance: Jazz in the 21st Century

    In this session, participants will listen to new recordings by Marc Ribot, Ron Miles, and other jazz artists.
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  • The Black Panthers and Black Power Mix-tape

    The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution.
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  • The Fight to Integrate the University of Mississippi

    Why were 24,000 federal troops needed to ensure one man got enrolled at Ole Miss?
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  • Til Death Do Us Part: Legal History of Same-Sex Marriage

    In the last two decades or so, changes in the realm of same-sex partnership in the United States have comprised a whirlwind.
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  • What Does it Mean to be an Ally?

    In this session, participants will define allyship and take a deeper dive into what it means to be an ally.
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  • Perceptions of Race and Gender

    Why are black girls viewed as less innocent than their peers?
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  • The Only One (in the Room)

    Panelists will reflect on experiences from when they were the only of a given identifier in a social space. 
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  • Why We Hate: The Neurobiology of Prejudice and Discrimination

    We will take a deep dive into how our biology influences our behavior when it comes to group dynamics.
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  • "Wild Heart" #TheMustangBookProject

    Come & learn about animal rights and what you can do to save Mustangs from an uncertain fate.
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  • The Last 72 Hours of Dr. King’s Life

    What was Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. working on days before his assassination?
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  • HOP Cards and Cookies

    In this session, The Homelessness Outreach Project (HOP) will be baking cookies and other treats to deliver to Friendship Place later that day.
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  • Social Justice Read-In

    Pick from a curated list of books surrounding social-justice issues.
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  • Archiving The Movement: Disco in the Post-Trauma Metropolis 1968-1979

    This presentation explores the relationships between three American cities pivotal in the development of dance music: Detroit, New York, and Chicago
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  • Feminism for Sale: Corporate Support or Capitalist Appropriation?

    What does it mean when large corporations -- such as Dove and H&M and Gillette -- present feminist messages to us?
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  • Need in Deed

    A workshop that is designed and implemented by its participants, around the principles of kindness, awareness & social justice. 
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  • Diversity and Inclusion: A Globalized View

    Being “privileged” or not “privileged” / “marginalized or excluded”, depends very much on our reference points.
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  • Love & Hip Hop

    From Black Star to The Roots, Public Enemy, Nas, Common, J.Cole, Kendrick and more, Hip Hop music has expressed love in various ways--from revolutionary to romantic.
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  • Not College Material

    Learn how a family was used to "blockbust" the previously all white Takoma neighborhood in Washington, DC.
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  • Theatre As A Tool for Social Change

    Explore a theatrical way of advocating for positive social and political change in this hands-on workshop!
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Middle School Workshops: Wednesday, February 13

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  • Poetic Practice: Using poetry to address social & emotional issues

    In this workshop, you will get to experience the "edu-tainment" styles of COMETRY.
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  • #WhitenessToldMe: Lies We Learn Living in a Racist Society

     Come discuss the lies we learn living in a society based on white supremacy and its lies. 
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  • WAT-Feud

    Join WATFO, GDS’s gender equality club, for an exciting game of Family Feud!
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  • Globally Queer: LGBTQ+ Identities Around the World

    What does it mean to identify as queer in countries other than the United States? 
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  • Learn and Debate: Jury Nullification

    In this workshop, participants will learn about what jury nullification is and its long-standing connection to social justice.
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  • And Still We Rise: An Affinity Space for Young Women

    Women often have to fight for space to be heard. Women of color often find this doubly challenging. 
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  • SDLC Brought to GDS

    A workshop centered on the experiences of the 2018 Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) held in Nashville, TN.
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  • Eviction by the Numbers

    This workshop is based on the exhibit "Evicted" at the Building Museum
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  • Racial Healing Circles and Relationship Building

    This workshop will focus on ways for all of us to heal from the wounds of the past and work towards building trust among our peers and develop diverse community relationships that better reflect our common humanity.


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  • Henna, Yoga, and Appropriation

    South Asian and Middle Eastern cultures and religions are regularly appropriated by Western societies. The appropriation is often so subtle that most people have no idea of the original source of what they are participating.
    Read More
  • What's Really Happening at the SW Border? U.S. Government's Treatment of Asylum Seekers

    The federal government was partially shut down due to a Congressional standoff between Congressional Democrats and the President who is intent on building a southwest border wall. 
    Read More
  • “Should the Confederate flag be considered a symbol of heritage or one of terror?”

    What's the big deal?
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  • Agree to Disagree; MLK, Malcolm X and the challenges of Black Leadership

    This workshop will examine the complex relationships and ideologies of MLK, Malcolm X, the Black Panther Party and others during the Civil Rights Movement.
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  • "Wild Heart" #TheMustangBookProject

    Come & learn about animal rights and what you can do to save Mustangs from an uncertain fate.
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  • Protest Reflection Regrooved - Sights and Sounds

    Whether by direct action or through their work, artists and musicians have long been at the forefront of protest movements in the United States and around the world.
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  • The Last 72 Hours of Dr. King’s Life

    What was Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. working on days before his assassination?
    Read More
  • Civil War to Civil Rights in a Small Place

    Come learn about a rural community's involvement in civil rights over a century's time.
    Read More
  • The Power to Persuade

    What is your impassioned stance on a social justice issue? 

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  • Trumping Immigration

    What are President Trump's immigration policies? Why do they fluctuate and change from one to another? What does it all mean? 
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  • Creating Safe Spaces for People with Disabilities at Home, School, Places of Worship and Work

    An estimated 48.9 million people living in the US, or 20% of Americans, have a disability. This session will expose participants to the Disability Rights Movement.
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  • Re-envisioning Children's Literature

    In this workshop, students will critique the messages being sent in children's books and re-envision children's literature through a diversity and social justice lens
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  • The Art of Migration; Supporting Immigrants and Refugees through Art

    Explore art from immigrant and refugee communities through an activist and artist lens
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  • Environmental and Climate Justice in our Backyard

    According to the NAACP, "race is the number one indicator for the placement of toxic facilities in this country.
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  • Pay to Play

    People who think college student-athletes should be paid often say the students’ names and images are used on products and in advertising, among other things, so they should receive some of the profits.
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  • MLK Collaborative Collage

    Tap into your social justice-minded artistic side
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Georgetown Day School is a coed, preK-12, non-sectarian private school in Washington, DC with small class sizes and a diverse school community. Our comprehensive, innovative curriculum includes hands-on learning, honors and AP classes, as well as advanced-level math and STEM courses. An education is not just college prep and SAT scores. GDS teachers focus on providing the best education for each child, from elementary grades through high school. The school performing arts program includes theater, dance, and music. The athletics program offers competitive sports for student athletes, including cross-country, track, soccer, lacrosse, and crew/rowing. With our strong commitment to financial aid, an independent school tuition is affordable.