Boston's Curtis Guild School Earns HRC Foundation's Welcoming Schools Seal of Excellence
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Post submitted by Kimmie Fink, Welcoming Schools Consultant
“Everyone is welcome here. I am welcome here. You are welcome here.”
On Wednesday morning, the students at Curtis Guild Elementary School in Boston, wearing the colors of the rainbow, greeted their guests -- including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and other elected officials -- with these simple, yet incredibly powerful words. The school community gathered to receive Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Welcoming Schools Seal of Excellence, the program’s highest honor.
The Seal of Excellence is awarded to schools that demonstrate outstanding dedication to creating and sustaining welcoming and inclusive school environments by meeting stated benchmarks and doing innovative work to further equity and diversity. Over the past three years, these students, along with the school’s administration, teachers and support staff, have been hard at work cultivating an environment in which everyone at Curtis Guild Elementary School is safe, included and welcome. Among Guild’s notable achievements are the creation of a Welcoming Schools library and the development of “community-facing policies” that promote an inclusive school culture and detail the rights of LGBTQ students.