10th Grade

Ethical Leadership

Moral questions often aren’t as clear as we’d like.  Life comes in shades of gray.  Moses Brown teaches kids to use Quaker values as a guide when things get murky.  Put simply, Quakers believe that every person has a divine Inner Light, and that no one has a unique claim on the Truth.  As such, everyone deserves love and respect, and bears responsibility for their own integrity and making the kind of community we all want to live in.  We demonstrate this shared responsibility and inherent equality, among other ways, through the Quaker custom of having adults and students address one another by their first names.

Students regularly grapple with the moral dimensions of content in their classes.  Whether debunking stereotypes in Religious Studies, working through the moral ambiguities of dropping atomic bombs on Japan, or pushing one another in a Harkness discussion about the role of Quakers in wartime, they are constantly reminded that you haven’t found the right answer to any question until you’ve thought about the right and wrong of it.


Student clubs and activities give students even more opportunities to apply their intellects and compassion to questions of social justice.  Examples include:

Student Senate
Disciplinary Committee
Debate Team
Girl Up
RI High School Regional Ethics Bowl
Ethical Leadership/Peer Leader mentorship (Freshmen/Seniors)
Collaborations in conflict resolution with Lower School students
Student Diversity Leadership Conference
Affinity groups
Environmental Council

Additionally, service learning trips give students the opportunity to get outside their comfort zones to learn about the world while helping others.  Opportunities include:

Spring Break Service Retreat at the Providence Friends’ Meeting House
Medical Service trip to the Dominican Republic
Yellowstone Park service trip
Nepal service trip
Puerto Rico science, sustainability, and service learning trip

Doing well by doing good was the hallmark of Moses Brown himself, and the school that bears his name encourages students to consider how their ability to innovate can address societal challenges, serving both others and the honor of their own character.

Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation

Moses Brown and Brown University partnership

Moses Brown and Brown University’s Swearer Center for Public Service are partnering to launch a new Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation program at MB in the fall of 2017.


Gara Field

Dir. of Global Education

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Gara Field

University of Hartford – B.A.
University of Hartford – M.A.
Harvard University – M.Ed.
University of Connecticut – Ph.D.

Claudia Perlini

Upper School English, Ethical Leadership Tri-Clerk

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Claudia Perlini

University of Florida – B.A.

Harvard Graduate School of Education – M.Ed.

Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English – M.A.

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