11th 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.

Juniors and seniors in Contemporary Ethics have organized book discussions with residents of the Laurelmead Active Senior Living Community in Providence, most recently about Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, which was chosen as the Read Across Rhode Island book. Together, they tackled issues of race, injustice, and mass incarceration in the United States. Laurelmead residents expressed a sense of hope for the future while MB students shared their genuine respect for the historical wisdoms of Laurelmead residents.


Electives let students dive deeply into topics like:

Global Medical Ethics
Contemporary Ethics
The Economics of Social Entrepreneurship
Humanities electives

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

Varsity Athletics Captain’s Council
Disciplinary Committee
Student Senate
Debate Team
RI High School Regional Ethics Bowl
Student Diversity Leadership Conference
Affinity groups
Environmental Council
Spring Break Service Retreat at the Meeting House
Dominican Republic Medical Service 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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