Cornerstone: an Alliance of Students and Families of Color
GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender) Advocacy and Support
The Blake School has a long history of pioneering an environment of safety for its GLBT students, parents, faculty and staff and their allies.
GSA: The Upper and Middle schools have Gay Straight Alliances that meet regularly throughout the school year and are open to all students, faculty and staff. The purpose of the GSA is to provide a safe space for members of the community to learn about issues important to the GLBT community, to support members as they encounter oppression or celebrate progress, and to carry out several actions in the community throughout the school year (e.g., Day of Silence, Coming Out Day, Find Another Word campaign).
Support and affinity groups: Support groups are also available to Blake students, parents and faculty and staff who identify as GLBT. These groups are confidential. Anyone wishing to know more about the support and affinity groups is encouraged to contact JJ Kahle at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
LGBT Family Pride Group
Since 1992, The Blake School has sponsored a diversity symposium featuring a well-known local or national speaker to address various aspects of equity and inclusion. The school provides a forum for conversation about diversity and multicultural education that is accessible to the larger Twin Cities community at no cost. The event brings together Blake families and alumni with members of the broader community and reflects Blake’s understanding that true learning takes place through exposure, interaction and building meaningful relationships with our surrounding communities. Read more.
The Justice League
The Justice League is a group of 20 Upper School students who are selected because of their commitment to recognize and value the different lived experiences of individuals in our community, to acknowledge systems of privilege and oppression that exist related to various aspects of identity, and to endeavor to root out injustice and seek equity through action, education and support.
Community Service Board
The Community Service Board meets weekly to learn about local and global needs and to plan service action that meets those needs. CSB is open to any Upper School student interested in service. Highlights of CSB in action include organizing tutoring opportunities, planning and executing an art show and reception with adult artists with developmental disabilities, offering lunch and entertainment to elders of Little Brothers, and organizing food and warm clothing collections. In addition to organizing activities and events and educating their peers about service, CSB members oversee all student club and student activity fundraising requests.