Gentile Speaks on Understanding Identity and Acceptance

Parker recently welcomed John Gentile to campus as the culminating activity in the month-long celebration of PRIDE. As a principal consultant with The Glasgow Group and current director of diversity, equity and inclusion at The Calhoun School in Manhattan, Gentile has an intimate understanding of independent and progressive schools and is an expert in cultivating truly inclusive and equitable school communities.

Gentile began his day speaking with parents, then addressed the Middle and Upper School at Morning Ex. He made a connection to Parker’s mission before establishing the tenets of anti-bias education and explaining that this awareness of difference begins at a young age. Next, he discussed the links between terms for the biological concepts of sex or gender, the phrases gender identity and gender expression and gender roles. Gentile then walked the audience through a timeline of important dates, from 1732 until today. Finally, he suggested ways to make an impact today. In his evening discussion, Gentile shared best practices for supporting gender-expansive students of all ages, clarified the intersections and distinctions of gender identity and sexual orientation and offered practical strategies for parents/guardians and educators to make schools affirming and celebratory places for LGBTQ+ students and their families.

Parker is extremely grateful to Gentile for spending the day discussing such important work with the community. His energetic, thoughtful and fact-based discussion will certainly have a lasting impact on as the school strives towards our mission to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity.

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