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Gesu Symposium Features Ibram X. Kendi on Antiracism in Education

The 2020 virtual Gesu Symposium drew nearly 1,800 attendees and featured a conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times bestselling author, leading antiracist voice, professor, and historian. Professor Kendi was recently named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2020. The 23rd Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education took place on November 11.

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:

Alumna Partners with Business Exec to Donate Meals

Loretta Bullock, Class of ’83 and Monica Chaudhari, a friend of the Gesu community, joined forces this summer to provide meals for those in need. Chaudhari, a seasoned corporate businesswoman and small business owner, was seeking to mentor a female entrepreneur expanding a start-up business. Bullock was in the market to grow her company, Ooh Lala Salads in North Philadelphia.

The duo met through a Gesu donor and instantly connected with their mutual interests in business and empowering women.

A Message of Strength, Hope, Community, and Justice

Dear Gesu School Community,
The past few months have challenged us in ways that we could not have imagined. We are enduring both a public health pandemic and a pandemic of injustice. But we cannot despair. Now is a time for strength, hope, community, and justice. These values are central to our Gesu community.

2020-21 Reopening Plan and Updates from Gesu School

Updated September 1, 2021

Gesu continues to live our mission as we carefully mapped out the 2021-2022 school year. Gesu is welcoming back students to in-person instruction and will continue to implement strict safety protocols. View our finalized 2021-2022 plan.

Updated January 4, 2021

March 5, 2020 is Gesu School’s One Day Giving Challenge!

Will you join us to make a difference in children's lives? On March 5, Gesu School is striving to meet three challenges! You can help raise critical funds for 450 students in North Philadelphia.  

Every day, Gesu provides a life-changing education. To continue as a trailblazer in urban education, Gesu relies on the annual support of donors. The One Day Challenge plays a vital role in raising the funds necessary to offer an innovative learning environment. Together, we are shaping today's learners into tomorrow's leaders.

2020 One Day Challenge Goals:

Challenge #1: If 650 friends make a donation, in any amount, The Z Foundation will contribute $15,000 to Gesu.

2020 Gesu Gala: Celebrate with Us on May 20 Online!

The 2020 Gesu Gala and Online Auction are here! Join us online to support our 450 students and as we honor Spirit Medalists Rosemary Español, CFM and Saint Joseph’s University. We also recognize Imani Briscoe ’09, recipient of the inaugural James F. Higgins (’45) Distinguished Alumni Award. Read about her accomplishments in this Catholic Philly feature story

Gesu Gospel Choir to Perform Christmas Concert Dec. 12, 2019 in Church of the Gesu

Join us to hear the beautiful voices of the Gesu Gospel Choir and to share Christmas joy!
As our gift to the community, Gesu School presents our annual Christmas concert in the Church of the Gesu on Thursday, December 12, 2019. All are welcome!

6:00 pm      Pre-concert hot cocoa and cookies

6:30 pm      Christmas concert begins

We hope you can join us for this festive performance!

To RSVP, click here. Or, contact Sarah Stirzel Cuzzolina at 215-763-9077 or

A Synopsis & Photos from the 2019 Gesu Symposium

Gesu School hosted its 22nd Annual Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education on November 1, 2019. As a national model for inner-city education, Gesu School remains at the forefront of identifying new ways to better serve students across the country and sharing these key learnings.

The 2019 symposium featured Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and Faculty Director for the Center for the Transformation of Schools at UCLA. Noguera is the author of eleven books and over 200 articles and monographs. He appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets. He has served as a tenured professor and held endowed chairs at NYU, Harvard, and UC Berkeley.

Gesu Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education Is Nov. 1. Register Today!

You are invited to Gesu School's 22nd Annual Symposium! Join us for an empowering afternoon with Pedro Noguera, distinguished professor, acclaimed author, and media commentator. Noguera will speak on the role of educators in building a school’s capacity to meet student needs.

Friday, November 1, 2019
Gesu School Sherrerd Gymnasium
12pm - 1pm    Networking & Light Refreshments
  1pm - 3pm    Symposium

Registration is closed. A few walk-in seats are available.​