MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
One Student CAN Make a Difference in the Quest for Social Justice
Intermediate: Assumes some familiarity with or exposure to core content
Social Justice, Activism & Allyship from the Classroom to the Community
Session repeats - Round 1 & 2
Savannah Shepherd, Student, Sanford School
Amy Shepherd, Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, St. Anne's Episcopal School
The life of Sanford senior, Savannah Shepherd, was forever changed when she attended the opening of the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama in April 2018. There she learned about the impact of slavery, lynching, Jim Crow, and mass incarceration on our lives today. Ms. Shepherd was immediately inspired to do something to exact change and upon her return to Delaware, she solicited the state to erect a historical marker in memoriam of the one recorded lynching in the State of Delaware. The goal of this endeavor was to have the state acknowledge this ugly incident in its past and start a conversation to ensure that history will not repeat itself in this manner or any like it. The journey had many ups and downs, triumphs and challenges, but ultimately Ms. Shepherd learned that one small voice can make a big difference and bring people together even when the conversations are difficult and painful.
This session will illuminate the power of sharing the whole truth of history with students who are then equipped to form their own opinions and develop their own feelings about equity and inclusion. The session will be actual evidence of what students are often told--that one person can make a difference. It is the story of one student's passion and activism inspired by the work of Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative.
Participants will leave the workshop feeling inspired to dive into deep conversations with their students. The journey of the DE historical marker and soil collection project illustrates that young people possess the work ethic, persistence, tenacity, and bravery necessary to make a difference in our society today. The goal would be for educators to leave eager to support and encourage their students to take on monumental challenges.
is a 16-year-old rising senior at Sanford School. Her life was forever changed when she attended the opening of the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama in April 2018. Ms. Shepherd has been giving talks locally to adults and students about the journey to erecting a historical marker in memory of a lynching victim.
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