Our Upper and Middle School students participated in our annual Diversity Dialogue Day—held virtually this year! They engaged in thoughtful discussion around topics like criminal justice reform and mass incarceration, race, gender, identity and privilege, and systemic racism. Diversity Dialogue Day, which is now required, began with opening remarks from Dr. Angela Campbell, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Associate Director Andrew Lee. In the morning, students joined a Q&A session with an expert panel of facilitators, staff, alumni, and their peers.
Keynote speaker Keir Bradford-Grey, Chief Defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, discussed the history of slavery and racism in America, as well as our current climate and the systemic racism that exists in society. “[Systemic racism] hasn’t happened overnight and it won’t be dismantled overnight, but we have a generation of people willing to come together, who are willing to sit in this discomfort until we figure it out. I’m proud to be a part of this day and this moment,” she said.
In the afternoon, students chose two workshop sessions from a number of important topics, such as Misrepresentation & the Media, #SayHerName a Campaign that Became a Movement, Voter Suppression, Youth Activism, Mass Incarceration: An examination of the Criminal Justice System, and many more. A special thank you to our panelists, hosts, student Diversity Ambassadors, Dr. Angela Campbell, Andrew Lee for organizing this important event—and all of our faculty, staff, and students for participating.