Springside Chestnut Hill (SCH) Academy is proud to host the 6th annual SCHout Diversity Conference, for high school and mature eighth grade students, on Saturday, January 23, from 10 AM to 3:45 PM. This year we are excited to use the virtual space to connect students from schools as close as blocks away from SCH to as far away as California!
Each year, the school's student diversity leadership team chooses a theme around which to take on issues of identity and social justice. This year’s theme, “What Do You Stand For?,” will strive to imbue students with a sense of urgency to connect, collaborate, and take action for social justice. Students will begin the day with keynote speaker A'Dorian Murray-Thomas, participate in a story exchange designed to cultivate radical empathy, and engage in meaningful dialogue throughout the day in a series of social action workshops.
Conference organizers are pleased to welcome A'Dorian Murray-Thomas as the keynote speaker. A’Dorian is passionate about gender, racial, and educational equity, both in urban education and independent schools. She is the Founder and CEO of SHE Wins Inc., a leadership and social action organization for middle and high school girls in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey. A’Dorian founded SHE Wins to create a pipeline of college, career, and community-ready young women leaders, working particularly with young women who share her story of losing a loved one to gun violence. A’Dorian has been recognized as a President Obama White House Champion of Change and recently made history where at 23 years old, she became the youngest woman ever elected to the Newark Board of Education—the largest public school district in the state of New Jersey.
A passionate group of over 50 SCH student facilitators have spent the fall preparing their workshops and the result is 13 thought-provoking and engagement-producing options, such as Caught in a Bad Romance: Consent in Media, Black Girl Magic: Redefining the Black Queen, Creation and Abolition of the Gender Binary, Global Melanin: Colorism Around the World, Oh, So You’re a Little Sad Sometimes?, and The White Elephant in the Room: White Privilege and Fragility.
Polly Kimberly, one of the school’s seven diversity coordinators, shares, “The conference aims to connect students from diverse backgrounds and provide participants with new knowledge and the opportunity to learn from equally passionate, diverse peers and speakers. We recently spent a Saturday with our Student Facilitators running through our workshops to practice the technology and give our student leaders the chance to work out the kinks, and the day was inspiring for both participants and workshop leaders. We can’t wait for the 23rd and to share our hard work with fellow students from all over.”
To see full details, including a list of all workshops, and register please visit: www.sch.org/schout-conference-2021.