“Being able to participate in a diversity conference is helpful because it gives people like me an opportunity to learn different skills and tools that I can bring back and use to foster an appreciation and enthusiasm for diversity here.”
--Natasha, ’14, Vice-Chair of Student Diversity Board
In the past three weeks, twenty-three Stone Ridge Middle and Upper School students have been a part of a variety of independent school conferences across the metropolitan area and Baltimore focused around various themes including the ‘big 8’ of diversity: ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
On January 24, fifteen Upper School students participated in “Diversity in the DMV” conference that served as a local follow-up to the 20th Annual National Association of Independent Schools Student Diversity Leadership Conference.
On January 27, six Middle School students participated in a conference that revolved around “Embracing Neurodiversity.”
On February 4, eight Upper School students participated in Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools “Making Schools Safe” workshop.
While the theme of each conference differed, each in its way gave students a chance to reflect on and imagine ways to be more inclusive. Congratulations to the students for their dedicated work to address bias and raise their consciousness. These opportunities were aligned with Sacred Heart Goal II, a deep respect for intellectual values and Goals IV, the building of community so deeply valued in our community!