Yes, that was Assi Coulibaly '08 on the cover of the Who to Watch 2021 issue of Providence Monthly (above), which featured "emerging leaders who are influencing the future". Coulibaly is one of five founding members of the five-person Glitter Goddess Collective, a queer, feminist performance group led by Black and indigenous people and people of color.
Glitter Goddess's current major project is a residency at the homestead of Esek Hopkins, Colonial Navy leader and slave trader, which draws together fine and performing arts with critical history and a desire to uplift and educate the community - a community that includes the students at nearby Esex Hopkins Middle School. More on project here, and more on the community context for the project in this webinar hosted by the Providence Community Libraries.
Yes, that was Grace Lin and Oge Mora, two old friends of the Gordon School, in yesterday's Drawing Across the Color Line with Kids webinar, run by EmbraceRace (above). The two author-illustrators have both been to Gordon several times, with Lin coming most recently as the 2020 Karla Harry Visiting Author.
Yes, that was trustee and Kindergarten parent Krystal Tadesse who was just appointed chair of the RI Judicial Nominating Commission by Governor Raimondo. The commission solicits and screens applicants for any vacancy on Rhode Island’s courts, providing the Governor with three to five options for each vacancy.
Yes, that was Gordon's Head of School, Dr. Noni Thomas López, voted onto the board of the National Association of Independent Schools on Tuesday, a new milestone on her own leadership journey and a boost for the independent school community nationwide.
Yes, that was seventh grade and alumnae parent Deb Salem Smith and fellow Gordon parent Rachael Warren featured in the first episode of The Writer's Room, the new online series from Trinity Rep. Smith talked about Anna K, her reimagining of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, and Warren was among the Trinity cast members performing excerpts.