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Diversity and Belonging Update: Cultural Connections

Diversity and Belonging Update: Cultural Connections
Ayesha Swinton

by Dr. Ayesha Swinton, Director of Diversity and Belonging

The Diversity and Belonging programming began this fall with the rhythmic shake of maracas, the humming string of the gurrufíos, the steady beat of drums, and the sizzle of fresh-cooked food. 

This year, the theme of our programming is “Celebrating the Triad’s Heritage and History: A GDS Program with a Public Purpose”. The program endeavors to connect our students to members both in and around our community who embody the heritages and share their histories of cultures celebrated nationally throughout the year. Our goal is to create a series of events that highlight this theme for the school year. 

Food trucks at GDS

As already highlighted in previous PawPrints, students have had the opportunity to engage in a variety of amazing culturally based activities. 

  • September 15–October 15: Making gurrufíos and maracas 
  • October 13: Food Trucks in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (Empanada Grill and JJ’s Cuban Kitchen)
  • October 4:  North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Cold Steel Drumline
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Cold Steel Drumline

As we move towards November, we are excited to honor American Indian and Alaska Native History Month and to spend time expressing gratitude. 

I have the opportunity to participate in Leadership Greensboro this year, and I have already been able to explore some of the many cultural events that are the foundation of our community.  One of the most recent events that I attended was the Guilford Native American Association’s 45th Annual Pow Wow. The event was amazing and informative, and I am excited to encounter more spaces in our community to engage with other groups. I encourage you to check out the city’s Cultural Center webpage and social media outlets to find out what is happening in and around our community. 

By spending time immersed in a multitude of cultures, children can continue to develop Respect, Kindness, Integrity, and Responsibility, the four Community Cornerstones of Greensboro Day School. There are many ways that you can help your children engage in the plethora of cultures that make up our community. This year, each Diversity and Belonging update will include some tips to help families engage with our community and the wonderful cultures that make us great!

Tips for Making Cultural Connections