We have already received several questions about the dress code of academy, so we are going to try and answer them in this post, so everyone has the same information. We are not going to repeat the dress code word for word here; DOE's policy is in the packet that you are currently reviewing. Please pay attention to the guidelines set forth therein. As with most rules, however, the question is not what they are, but how they will be enforced.
Here is what we want the dress code to accomplish:
1. Distinguish academy from a camp
2. Create academic environment
3. Show respect to lecturers visiting from universities
4. Create a learning community that respects each other's boundaries without imposing them on each other
To accomplish this, we began to move away from talking ab0ut what we don't want to see, and instead reframe it as a discussion about what we do want to see. The easiest way to describe this is by saying that business casual is the expectation for classes and lectures. What is business casual? Business casual is what you would wear to a summer internship in a laidback tech company- basic professionalism with comfort and your personal style in mind.
What is Business Casual Not?
So, if you are wearing anything similar to the pictures directly above to classes or a lecture,
you will be asked to return to the dorm and change.
Not because there is anything intrinsically wrong with these clothes or with someone wearing them,
but because they do not fit the environment we are striving for.
We will get messy in other activities- clay, paint, plaster, and glue are regular features. So, bring some things you can get dirty. We will go to the gym, so bring gym clothes. The gym has a pool- bring a swimsuit. We will even have a party, so bring at least one party outfit.
In the long run, the dress code helps set the tone of the academy; you are the academy. We want you to be comfortable, express yourselves, feel safe, and be valued as member of the GLA community.
You are welcome. You are enough. You matter.
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