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Maharishi School – Our Supportive Community

Maharishi School – A Support Network

Our Commitment to Community

At Maharishi School, we know how important a community of support is for a student. We seek to nurture the individual at the core of who they are. Again, this is echoed in our Science of Creative Intelligence Principles and quest to teach our students to know themselves. We know a student needs a fertile community to sink his or her roots deep into so that as the student grows, matures, and realizes his or her potential, the influence and turbulence of daily life do not deter him or her. We continue to cultivate that soil.

Below is a letter from one student who has found refuge and encouragement in our community at Maharishi School.

Community: A Letter From a Student

I have been in the performing arts world for most of my life, taking dance lessons, doing competitive choir, working behind and on stage in musicals and plays, and in speech competition. This has all taught me a lot about one of the Science of Creative Intelligence Principles: “Water the root to enjoy the fruit.”

I have often received the opportunity to play difficult characters, and I feel my study of Science of Creative Intelligence Principle has helped me step up to the plate and play these characters, as well as grow as a performer and a human being. For example this year in speech competition, I play a shy man who struggles with himself being gay and living in a conservative community. He loves his job and community but has to hide a part of himself to be able to enjoy that. The character who is played opposite of me, is different from my character in the sense that he is open and confident in his sexuality, asks my character to write an essay about being a gay man in America, and my character does a wonderful job. Naturally, the other man wants the essay to be published. My character does not want that to happen because it will out him to a community that most likely will not accept him any longer. This made me think about our development of self in the sense that if we cannot be our true selves, especially in any extremely simple way – being gay – in our immediate environment, something is wrong.  We must take care of and accept ourselves before we can do our best work.

Being trans and gay myself, I can relate a lot to the position this character is in. I know that once I came out I felt much more comfortable at school and my ability to perform was instantly much better because I could play male characters. I connected with this character’s shyness, strong belief in doing what is right, nervousness of coming out as gay, and wanting to do things on his own terms. This made me realize that so much of performing is inward. A performer must be comfortable with being on stage and being themselves before we can let go and give into pretending to be someone else. When one is acting, we do not entirely play another person, we are an extension of ourselves. We take a piece of the character and find it in our own being.  One must know themselves and have a strong sense of self to be able to do this.

We must work on ourselves before we can expect and enjoy our best selves and work.

– Josh Halley

Eli Lieb in Maharishi School Auditorium

Eli Lieb in Maharishi School Auditorium

 

Community Support

In a display of Maharishi School community support, Eli Lieb, an LGBTQ+ ambassador who has worked with The Trevor Project (click here to learn more), visited our school today. He brought a message of encouragement and hope to those who may feel alone, isolated, or different. In our ongoing efforts to always provide a safe, supportive, and accepting environment to everyone within our community, Eli will be hosting a Support Night this Thursday, February 1st, at our school. This event is geared toward students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
hnichols@msae.edu
Fairfield, IA 52556

Maharishi School Raises Rainbow Flag

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” Martin Luther King Jr.

In the last few years, stories about transgender rights have made their way to the forefront of national attention. These issues have cropped up in every area from workplaces, to shopping, to healthcare policy, so it’s no surprise that schools, too, are grappling with the correct way to deal with new understandings of gender.

Maharishi School rolled out a new set of guidelines in December with the aim of clearly defining the rights and responsibilities of students, faculty, and staff in the area of gender identity. The adoption of this gender diversity policy means that Maharishi School treats each student’s self-proclaimed gender identity as their sex, without requiring a medical diagnosis or treatment as a prerequisite for accommodation. Transgender students are not excluded, separated, denied benefits, or otherwise treated differently based on their gender identity. Policy changes cover everything from locker room and field trip accommodations, to uniform requirements, to names and pronouns used by every member of our school community.

We have gone about fulfilling this promise through a change in facilities and guidelines, as well as an ongoing effort to teach students, faculty, and staff about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. As part of that educational effort, a rainbow flag was raised on campus this week. The flag serves as a visual reminder that our school is a safe space, where every person will be treated with respect, dignity, and kindness.

At Maharishi School, we take the view that insisting upon safety and consideration for our fellow humans is not an expression of preference or endorsement, but rather one of equality. LGBTQ rights are human rights, no more and no less. Our desire is that every person who visits or attends our school knows that they are respected, safe, and loved.