News Category: DEI

A Quilt of Commitment

Last December, Middlesex’s original theatre production, the Racial Equity Project (REP), thoughtfully showed how racism can be pervasive in many everyday conversations. At the end of the play, audience members on Zoom were asked to consider and then type in an action they intended to take to combat racism, completing the phrase, “I will….” In February, as part of the…

Reimagining America

As Black History Month began, and Middlesex students and faculty continued exploring how racism pervades everyday practices and policies, the community turned its attention to the country’s political system, taking a closer look at democracy and race through a virtual visit with Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. on February 6, 2021. An esteemed scholar and compelling speaker, Dr. Glaude is the…

How to Raise Hope for a Better Future

One particular highlight of this fall’s Virtual Family Weekend was that students and parents alike had the opportunity to spend an hour with a dynamic, thought-provoking, inspiring guest speaker: Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of the New York Times bestseller How to Raise an Adult and the award-winning memoir Real American. Joining Middlesex via Zoom on October 16 and 17, the former…

Examining Race and Medicine

As part of the Middlesex community’s efforts to investigate the pervasiveness of racism in everyday practices and policies, the School welcomed a virtual visit from Dr. Damon Tweedy, who spoke to students and faculty on an evening Zoom call on September 25. An associate professor of psychiatry at Duke Medical School, a staff physician at the Durham Veteran Affairs Health…

Unpacking Privilege

The focus of this year’s Diversity Symposium dovetailed with the community’s ongoing consideration of privilege: what it means exactly and how it influences people’s lives. On February 29, Middlesex welcomed three guests to campus – Veline Mojarro, Taylor Mason, and Amalia Mesa Gustin – all of whom are colleagues at SHIFT, an organization dedicated to matters of diversity, equity, and…

Inspiring Installations

On sizable screens on the walls across from the School’s Ishibashi Gallery, two mesmerizing videos began running in January. Each a montage of images and sound – movement, music, and language – the two films were sometimes jarring, sometimes beautifully synchronized. Whether clashing or in concert, they evoked a range of emotions, thoughts, and questions about African American culture and…

The Ishibashi Gallery Presents: “MX Fam: My Voice. My Power.”

Middlesex School’s Ishibashi Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of MX Fam: My Voice. My Power. The exhibition is a rare departure from Ishibashi Gallery’s traditional programming, as it highlights student work in the form of fifty-nine photographic portraits taken by current Middlesex junior, Andrew Harris. Harris is an emerging photographer, whose work recently won the New York Times’…

The Reality of Systemic Racism

Working together as a community, Middlesex students and faculty observed the official Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 20 by focusing on a problem of social justice that Dr. King spent his life combating: systemic racism. Guest speaker André Robert Lee joined the School for the day’s program, helping to clarify and answer questions about systemic racism – its…