News Category: DEI

A Master of Design: Sandi Pei ’68

To open this year’s celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month on May 3, 2024, the School warmly welcomed back award-winning architect and former Trustee Li Chung “Sandi” Pei ’68, who began his presentation by sharing some of his own fond memories of his student days at Middlesex. Back then, Sandi recalled, the School had…

The Whitlock Lecture: On Fugitive Pedagogy

One of the highlights of observing Black History Month this year was the February 23rd visit of Dr. Jarvis Givens, a professor of education and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. A dynamic lecturer who specializes in the history of African American education, Dr. Givens was the third Kenneth E. Whitlock, Jr. Black History Month Speaker, a series that was established in…

Rising to the Challenge of Dr. King

In celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on what would have been his 95th birthday, Middlesex welcomed back four alumni on January 15 to share their school and career experiences during a special assembly that morning. As the keynote speaker, former Middlesex Trustee Wanji Walcott ’87 related her educational and professional journey, remembering that she…

Telling the Story of Gender

A veteran English teacher and novelist, Alex Myers noted that he “frames the whole world in terms of story.” Speaking to the School on October 27 – between Coming Out Day on the 11th and Trans Awareness Week in mid-November – he eloquently told his own story of coming out as transgender right before his senior year in high school.…

Prepared for Opportunity

While back on campus to attend his first Middlesex Board meeting, new Trustee Freddie Pantoja ’85 addressed the school community on September 29 as this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month speaker, generously sharing his own journey to the School, his experience as a student, and his career path in the pharmaceutical industry. Along the way, he also gave students great advice…

Navigating Microaggressions

Now an annual autumn event, the School’s Community Life Symposium is an early opportunity for students and faculty to consider, discuss, and address different ways in which Middlesex can be a more welcoming, inclusive place for all its members. This year, on September 23, veteran educator and consultant Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee talked about microaggressions, giving many examples of these…

A Voice for Equity and Justice

Having been a Middlesex student only a dozen years ago, Rebecca Hatcher ’12 understood her audience well as she reflected on her own school experience with candor, warmth, and humor during morning assembly on April 15. Speaking after the annual Day of Silence – during which many students and adults remained silent to protest the harmful effects of harassment and…

Toward a More Inclusive Black History

A year after a new lecture was established to honor Middlesex’s first Black faculty member, the Kenneth E. Whitlock, Jr. Black History Month Speaker Series brought its second guest, educator and author Ric Sheffield, to campus on February 28, 2023. A professor emeritus of sociology and legal studies at Kenyon College, Professor Sheffield reviewed the current traditions that have become…

Advocating for Equal Justice

Gathered on January 16 for the School’s annual commemoration of the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Middlesex community considered some of the inequities that persist today, decades after his death, particularly within the criminal justice system. Illustrating these disparities through telling his personal account of wrongful conviction was guest speaker Kevin Richardson, whose…