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Join Gesu School for a Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi

You are invited to Gesu School’s 23rd Annual Symposium! Join us for this discussion with Ibram X. Kendi, bestselling author, leading antiracist voice, professor, and historian. Moderator Trina Gary will dialogue with Professor Kendi on antiracism in the context of urban education and field questions from participants. Don’t miss the opportunity to share in this timely conversation with one of Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2020.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
5:00pm – 6:00pm Virtual Format with Question & Answer
Free of Charge 

Read media coverage from the 2020 Gesu Symposium:

View the program book:

  • Learn more about Ibram X. Kendi and moderator Trina Gary.
  • Watch the Gesu Gospel Choir.
  • Listen to a unity prayer. 
  • See inspiring artwork by Gesu students.
  • Get a glimpse of Gesu School!

Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. Kendi is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent. He is also the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Kendi is the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize. He is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist, and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, a young adult remix of Stamped from the Beginning, co-authored with Jason Reynolds. He most recently authored the #1 Indie bestseller, Antiracist Baby, available as a board book and picture book for caretakers and little ones.

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Trina Gary

Trina Gary is a skilled independent school educator, administrator, and leadership coach with a demonstrated history of working in schools to affirm identity, build community, and cultivate inclusive practice and policies. Trina is the CEO and Principal Consultant of Brown-Gary Associates, LLC; Founder and Executive Director of Independent Trust, a professional development and social impact network of independent school alumnae/alumni of color; Director of Inner City Lacrosse; and a consultant with Diversity Directions, where she also works as the resident faculty during the week-long summer seminar. Trina serves on the Board of Trustees at The Community Partnership School in Philadelphia, PA, and Pomfret School, in Pomfret, CT. Trina has held a variety of positions during her tenure in four independent schools: Associate Dean of Faculty and Director of Multicultural Education, Associate Director of Admissions, academic advisor, and Instructor in English and history. Trina has also served on the summer faculty of the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute (gcLi).

We thank our generous 2020 Symposium Sponsors: 
Symposium Valedictorian
Cozen O'Connor 

Symposium Salutatorian 
CVS Health 

Symposium Graduate
Merion Mercy Academy 

William Penn Charter School 

Symposium Friend 
Chuck & Martie Bernicker 

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia CHOP

Warren Claytor Architects Inc. 

The Episcopal Academy 


Mid Penn Bank 

Penn Medicine 


The Shipley School


Westside Neighborhood School 

Westtown School


Event sponsorships are available here.   
Sponsorships enable Gesu School to serve as a thought leader and to host this event free of charge to the public. For more information, contact Dia Becker, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, at 570-951-7654 or

More Information:
Contact Kimberly Brennan, Director of Annual Giving and Special Events, at 310-463-9590 or

We look forward to having you as part of the conversation! Learn about our past symposia.