A Friends School alumnus has made a $1.5 million gift to create The Bliss Forbush, Jr. Institute for Public Involvement and Responsible Dialogue (Inspired). The institute will offer a wide-range of experiences designed to help Friends’ students become the kind of citizens who – through respectful dialogue and meaningful collaboration – can successfully navigate the complex challenges they face now and in the future.

The institute will engage faculty and students from Pre-K through 12th grade and may Include activities such as:

  • Offering students multiple opportunities to learn from and about their fellow citizens of Baltimore and their experiences.
  • Developing and identifying resources to support faculty and students.
  • Offering workshops and other professional development opportunities.
  • Bringing speakers to campus to serve as models for vigorous and respectful dialogue around challenging topics.

“We believe that it is our responsibility to develop in ourselves and our students the ability to respectfully listen to multiple viewpoints, grapple with difficult issues, and take positive action. The Institute will support this work by leveraging the School’s Quaker identity and encouraging our students to seek truth.”

Head of School Matt Micciche


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