June 21-23, 2021 NCGS Virtual Conference Girls’ Schools: Building Communities of Belonging “Fitting in is about. Ask a group of girls’ school .. Read more students to give you one word to describe their educational experience and chances are several of them will say “sisterhood.” This idea of family, of every member of the community working together to lift one another up, is palpable at our schools. It is a bond that continues to grow and deepen well after graduation. And yet, it has become increasingly clear that not every girl in our schools feels like they are true members of this sisterhood. These girls work hard to fit in, but they might never feel like they belong. Girls’ schools were founded to address inequity, and thus it is our duty to acknowledge it in our own communities and to take every action possible to eradicate it. How can we build communities of belonging where we embrace and value diversity—be it race, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, and more—as a source of strength and opportunity to weave together a stronger, truly inclusive sisterhood?.
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