MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
Courageous Conversations: Creating Brave Spaces to Talk About Challenging Topics
Introductory: New to topic / subject matter
Equity & Inclusion Exemplars: Programs, Models, Best Practices, Promising Next Practices
Round 2 only
Kerri Schuster, English Teacher, Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr
Kelly Weber, Head of History/Community Service Coordinator, Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr
Students want to talk about issues surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion… and they want to listen. In response to student demand for dialogue skills and a brave space to use those skills, we created Courageous Conversations, an after-school event that gives students an opportunity to discuss challenging topics and current events in a way that fosters active listening and productive participation. This presentation will give you the tools to create a similar space in your own school.
After participating in this program, students have observed that they learned a lot about people they thought they already knew and about topics they thought they already understood. Our work has not only made students more aware of the diversity on our campus but has also brought about a larger, school-wide exploration of diversity and inclusion on campus.
Expected workshop outcomes, participant take-aways:
to provide students with the skills needed to engage in thoughtful and reflective dialogue.
to provide students with an understanding of their own opinions and how those opinions have been formed.
to give students an opportunity to learn alternative perspectives, thus widening their views of the world in which they live.
Kerri D. Schuster
is the Head of English at Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr where she has been a teacher for twenty years. She has been trained in the Essentials of Dialogue through Generation Global, part of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.
is the Head of the History Department at Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr where she has been a teacher for twelve years. She is also the service coordinator at the school. She has been trained in the Essentials of Dialogue through Generation Global, part of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.
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