b'a huge part of that. She is still using a set of plates given to her by athe time. He adds, Thats the bedrock of learning and no one has the GDS colleague when she was single and just setting up housekeepingright to deprive us of that.when she first came in 1996. The old theater, now the library/media center, was the happy scene of her wedding reception. Because ofIn his senior year at GDS, Justin was accepted via early decision to these and many other connections, she remains deeply supportive ofDavidson College, the only college he submitted (or completed) an and invested in Greensboro Day Schools continuing evolution. application for.The small liberal arts campus was a comfortable educational environment for him, and he spent a considerable Shy and quiet, JUSTIN PLUMMERamount of time working with Davidson Outdoors. In his junior year, 04 remembers watching the wholehe ran unopposed for President of that organization and went on to series Roots in 6th grade and playing alead numerous trips, from backpacking and caving to kayaking and simulation of the Underground Railroadrock climbing.He graduated in 2008 with a degree in Anthropology, at Camp Seagull. He remembersan engaging field of study, which included courses on primatology, that the concept of this importantmedical anthropology, the social construction of race, and the movement in the lives of enslaved folksanthropology of art. being treated as a game made him uncomfortable. The student body in theCurrently, he is serving as the Assistant Director of Student Services 1990s was more racially diverse thanand Equity Programming at the North Carolina School for Science in earlier years, and while race was aand Mathematics. The school is a public residential high school, the significant area of concern in his timefirst of its kind in the nation, with a legislative mandate to represent at GDS, income inequality often feltall congressional districts, which results in considerable across-the-more pressing and jarring. Growing upboard diversity. It is also an educational environment with very high around students who talked about academic bars and a good bit of stress. Their challenge, Justin says, country clubs or the trips abroad that their families took also gaveis to think more proactively about inclusivity at such an exclusive him a warped sense of his familys own socioeconomic status. institution and to focus on its mission of advancing public educationacross the state. Todays current events and social unrest have led him Justin says that the semester he spent at the Outdoor Academy into listen more carefully than ever to the students, making changes his Junior year, also encouraged him to participate more fully and toinformed by their feedback, and helping them find their voices like so eventually become a trip leader, which gave him a lot of confidencemany people helped him.and helped others get to know him more quickly. He remembers the natural history teacher leaving a note at the end of a progress report,When I asked if he had a last thought on his time at GDS, Justin says, Justin should speak up more; if not now, when. If not here, where? when he learned about segregation academies that popped up after Justin wants to give a special shout out to Tommy Webbs 10th gradeBrown v. Board of Education, he was curious about GDS founding.English class for continuing this message by encouraging him to shareHe eventually came across a letter from the schools founders, written his thoughts and find his voice. Another meaningful GDS momentin the schools infancy, where they were very explicit that in no way came when Kathy Davis created the Outstanding Contribution awardwas this new educational experiment to be part of white flight and in her AP Stats class and awarded it to him for his quiet leadershipthat diversity was a hallmark of the program they were looking to role.build.This reassurance, he says, even coming across it after the fact, about the schools purpose, its high academic standards, and Privilege, Justin, says, allows people not to worry so much about beingits citizenship goals meant a lot to him. Honesty, he said during the wrong when they speak up. Being a minority at GDS, as a student ofOctober Pop-up Learning panel on Racial Justice, is what is most color, a student from a less affluent family, and a then-closeted queermissing from our national conversation about racial equity, and being student, meant that he was always worried about being wrong, whichable to truly know our history, as a school and as a country, is where added to his reservations about speaking up in class. In the Octoberwe should all start. Pop-up Learning panel on Racial Justice, Justin encouraged students who are worried about other peoples reactions to their attempts to speak up, to dive in without fear of not getting something right all of 54 | Winter 2020'