During this observance, members of the community opted to take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing effect of anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment.
GSA and Q+, a student club and student affinity group, respectively, collaborated with the diversity ambassadors to plan the day. The day capped an eventful Pride Week that included poetry displayed around campus, a bake sale that raised over $230 to help struggling LGBTQ+ youth, and more.
Sachi Singh ’21, who helped plan the event, presented to Middle School students on Thursday, April 11, and shared ways they could participate and show solidarity. Lynn Salehi, Associate Head of Middle School, noted that many Middle School students wore stickers to indicate their support for the initiative on the Day of Silence.
Karen Brown, Director of Equity and Inclusion, said that the Day of Silence is well aligned with the School’s mission and goals. “Masters is a school where we want all students to be their authentic selves — that means not only supporting and being allies for students from all different backgrounds and identities, in this instance the LGBTQ community, but also bringing more awareness to what it is like being a student who identifies as LGBTQ both on and off the Masters campus.”
The Day of Silence was started by GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, in 1996 to raise awareness about the effects of the bullying and harassment of LGBTQ students.