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Tara Arras

Assistant Head of School for Advancement

Deeply rooted in the nation’s capital, Sidwell Friends is a school that shapes future leaders. Through this campaign we will strengthen the School’s endowment to ensure that a Sidwell education is financially accessible to students from across the region. We will welcome, partner with, and learn from our home city’s communities, organizations, and institutions to help create a more just and better world.

Through Financial Aid

The campaign will make permanent our long-standing commitment to financial aid, ensuring that we can make a Sidwell Friends education accessible to the most talented students in the Washington, DC area, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

Through Partnership with Howard University

We will convene vital dialogues on race, education, and equity through our partnership with Howard University School of Education and through other initiatives. Future projects will explore Quakerism and interfaith dialogues, and create new student programming.

Through Endowed Faculty Chairs

Our new endowed faculty chairs help us ensure that our students gain an international, global, and multicultural education. Endowed chairs also are a powerful tool to recruit and retain the best teachers and professionals to our School.

I know firsthand how meaningful and lasting the impacts of a Sidwell education can be. It opened so many doors to what I now know is possible, and financial aid made it possible for me to attend. There is almost no greater gift I could imagine being in a position to give than to help another student experience the learning that happens inside and outside the classroom within the Sidwell community.

Brittany Toscano Gore ’03, P ’36

5 Questions With Silvana Niazi

Meet Silvana Niazi, the inaugural Señora Guillermina Medrano de Supervía Endowed Faculty Chair for Spanish and Latin American Studies. Silvana joined Sidwell Friends in the 2020/21 academic year, teaching the history of Latin America and American Studies in the Upper School.  A social scientist by training, Silvana brings to this role years of experience working in Latin America and expertise in public policy, research design, interdisciplinary approaches, and program management. She is also fluent in four languages: Spanish, French, Italian, and English. Silvana looks forward to inspiring and supporting students in their intellectual journeys, while also contributing to the evolution of the School’s curricula across divisions and its Equity, Justice, and Community program.