above: as seventh grade parent Rupa Datta tells her immigration story on a new podcast, fourth graders are beginning their study of nineteenth century immigration to Rhode Island.
Seventh grade parent Rupa Datta is featured on the newest episode of Mosaic, the podcast from the Public's Radio, Rhode Island's NPR station. Mosaic focuses on stories of local immigrant populations, and Ms. Datta will talk about "my passion, my family, my friends and my communities - dance, work, and others." When the eighth grade's fall survey of American immigration reached the present day, students listed to the fourteenth episode of Mosaic, which tells the story of an undocumented New Bedford teen; Ms. Datta's episode drops as Gordon's fourth grade begins their examination of the push and pull factors immigration to Rhode Island in the late nineteenth century.
Seventh and eighth grade parent Dr. Jennifer Friedman delivered Brown University's Presidential Faculty Award Lecture on Monday. The Presidential Faculty Award "recognizes members of Brown’s distinguished faculty who are conducting especially important and innovative scholarship." Dr. Friedman will lecture on her work in evidence-based policy solutions to issues in the treatment of parasitic diseases in pregnant women across the globe. Dr. Friedman spoke about this work earlier this year when she addressed Gordon's sixth grade Model UN.
Sixth grade parent Marianne Monte is on the panel for Providence Business News' 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Summit, alongside Nirva LaFortune of Providence's City Council and representatives from IGT and Blue Cross Blue Shield. She's the Chief People Officer at Shawmut Design and Construction, and her career includes years of service on Gordon's board, and a key role as one of the leaders of the hiring process for Dr. Thomas López, Gordon's Head of School.
Alumni parent Mike Stanton is one of this year's Spotlight Fellows, an honor given by the Boston Globe to journalists who are "proven defenders of the First Amendment who hold institutions accountable for their actions and behaviors." The award comes with the opportunity to work directly with Globe journalists on an investigation of their own choosing. Stanton, a journalism professor at the University of Connecticut, just saw his first book, Prince of Providence, adapted for the stage at Trinity Rep. Students who performed in Gordon's 2017 production of Newsies will remember his fascinating presentation on the history reflected in that show.
Seventh grade parent Amy E. Gallo just had her recent TEDxBroadway talk published to YouTube. Gallo is an expert in conflict, communication and workplace dynamics who works as an educator, author and podcaster. Her presentation, The Gift of Conflict, addresses the powerful learning that can happen when disagreements are addressed directly, with compassion and kindness. It's a lesson that is reviewed in Gordon's classrooms and playgrounds on a daily basis, and her talk will resonate with all ages.