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Seminar Series

Transformative Justice and Education


Tuesday, March 10

6:30 to 8:00 pm

Cambridge Friends School | Meeting Hall | 5 Cadbury Road, Cambridge, MA


Rev. Dr. Kaia Stern has over 25 years of experience being in conversation about justice in various communities. From Sing Sing prison to the White House, she explores what it means to repair harm in relationship and change structures that cause harm. She also considers the internal work necessary to sustain our commitments to social justice when there is so much trauma. Join us as we discern: What is transformative justice? What is harm? What is healing?

photo of Kaia Stern

Rev. Dr. Kaia Stern

Educator, Author, Interfaith Minister, and

CFS Parent ’16 and ‘26

Rev. Dr. Kaia Stern is the co-founder and director of the Prison Studies Project at Harvard University, the first practitioner-in-residence at the Radcliffe Institute, the executive director of Concord Prison Outreach, and a lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she leads the Transformative Justice Initiative. Her work focuses on ethics, justice, and education in prison. Kaia is the author of Voices from American Prisons: Faith, Education, and Healing (Routledge, 2014). As a consultant, she has fostered partnerships between activists and law enforcement agencies, faith leaders and community-based organizations, victims’ rights advocates, and the U.S. Department of Justice. Kaia received her master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School and her PhD from Emory University. She is ordained as an interfaith minister and has been teaching in and about U.S. prisons for more than two decades.


This seminar is made possible thanks to a generous grant from the New England Yearly Meeting Future Fund administered by the Legacy Gift Committee.

Transracial Adoptees

On Tuesday, January 21, 2020 ,CFS hosted its Seminar Series: Transracial Adoptees. A panel of five adult transracial adoptees from Independent Schools, including CFS staff member, Polly Williams, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, told their story in the hopes of supporting/validating others. They shared their thoughts on how to support transracial adoptees and families and make their experience as inclusive as possible.

This seminar was made possible thanks to a generous grant from the New England Yearly Meeting Future Fund administered by the Legacy Gift Committee.


Our Deepest Concerns: A Conversation on Antiracism in America


Seminar: Our Deepest Concerns Panel ImageOn Wednesday, October 16, 2019, CFS hosted its first Seminar Series of the school year, Our Deepest Concerns: A Conversation on Antiracism in America. This author talk featured five distinguished panelists: Princeton professor and author, Imani Perry (CFS Class of ’86), historian, Kerri Greenidge (CFS Class of ’00), novelist and writer, Kaitlyn Greenidge, and award-winning playwright, Kirsten Greenidge (CFS Class of ’88, P’21 and P’23) in conversation with Jack Hill, Head of CFS Middle School and Assistant Head for External Affairs. Click here to view the video archive of the livestreaming of this event.


This seminar was supported by HowlRound Theater Commons at Emerson College and in part by a grant from the New England Yearly Meeting Future Fund administered by the Legacy Gift Committee.


Each year, Cambridge Friends School hosts a series of speakers, performances, and discussions in two tracts: diversity, equity, and inclusion, and modern parenting issues. Past engagements include Oprah Book Club author Darnell Moore speaking about his book No Ashes in the Fire, New York Times bestselling author Robin DiAngelo speaking about her book White Fragility, Dan Levine from Engaging Minds speaking about executive functioning in students, and Patricia Lotterman, LMHP speaking about managing anxiety in students. To join the Seminar Series mailing list, please email