Last year, Loomis Chaffee joined the Harvard Graduate School for Education's Caring Schools #CommonGood Campaign — the goals of which align closely with the philosophy of Loomis' Norton Family Center for the Common Good. In committing to the campaign, Loomis became part of a large coalition of schools from across the country taking action to inspire a concern for others among students, reduce achievement pressure, and create greater equity for students from diverse backgrounds in the college admissions process.
One of the defined actions suggested by the #CommonGood campaign is to engage students in regular activities that enable them to "talk across the aisle." The Shultz Fellows, a student-led club inspired by former Secretary of State George P. Shultz '38, meets this objective in a direct and meaningful way. The non-partisan discussion group 's members hold diverse political perspectives, and their weekly discussions and open meetings encourage civil discourse among students and the Loomis community. Additionally, Shultz Fellows activities provide opportunities for students to put into practice the skills for respectful dialogue covered in Freshman Seminar classes.
A recent post in Harvard GSE's "Making Caring Common" blog highlights the activities of the Shultz Fellows at Loomis Chaffee.
Connect to the Making Caring Common blog site to read an interview with Eric LaForest, Kelly Family director of the Norton Family Center for the Common Good, about the Shultz Fellows at Loomis.
Information about Harvard GSE's Making Caring Common Project and Caring Schools Campaign is available on their website.
To learn more about the Norton Family Center's mission and activities, connect to the center' s page on the Loomis Chaffee website.