The conference empowers and prepares Middle School students to lead.
It was a day of inspiration, empowerment, bonding, and fun—the St. Stephen's and St. Agnes sixth annual Middle School Diversity Conference welcomed more than 175 students from 15 schools on November 15 to help them learn to be leaders in their schools and communities.
The conference, “Building Bridges: Stories Told - Stories Heard,” allowed students to participate in interactive activities, engage in thoughtful conversations, and challenge themselves to examine who they are, why it is important, and the impact they can have on the world. The student sessions were led by SSSAS Upper School students who are leaders in the school’s diversity efforts.
The 2019 special guest speaker was master storyteller and educator Diane Macklin. She gave a storytelling performance for the students and a session on the power of stories in education for the adult attendees.
The middle school years can be some of the most challenging, so it is the perfect time to give them the skills and confidence to make a difference for their generation. "We live in a complicated world, and students are aware of the circumstances that create a not-so-equitable society,” said KiKi Davis, SSSAS Director of Institutional Equity and Diversity. “It’s important for middle school students to know they have the power to affect change. This conference gives them the tools and encouragement they need to be upstanders when they see injustice instead of the easier path of a bystander. We want to inspire them to go back to their school communities and support an environment where doing the right thing is the norm and those who seek to hurt others or engage in negative behaviors are the outliers. Students want to do the right thing; it is our job as educators to ensure that they are prepared to do so."