In December, a delegation from Gann joined more than 6,000 independent school students and educators at the 30th annual People of Color Conference and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference hosted in Anaheim, California. The conference, run by the National Association of Independent Schools, focused on improving the interracial, interethnic, and intercultural climate at schools across the country.
"The conference was an outstanding experience," said sophomore Naomi Ravel, "You meet people and learn everything about them—from their name to how they were raised. The most meaningful part of the whole trip was knowing you're loved by everyone around you even if you [just met them]." Ravel described the content: "We learned about awareness, social justice, and human rights, and how to stand up for ourselves." Senior Alyssa Block said learning about others backgrounds and life experiences was "powerful and moving".
Seniors Alyssa Block and Mia Milewich, 10th grader Naomi Ravel, and Gann Learning Center Department Chair and Gann Inclusivity Committee Co-Chair Gracie Alcid, attended the conference to represent Gann Academy. The trip was organized by the Gann Inclusivity Committee and was part of Gann's continued commitment to furthering discussion about diversity, equity, and inclusion.
"We are at a time and place in history where our external world, our Gann world, and our individual world are overlapping realities," says Alcid. "Students left the conference with a deeper understanding of their own intersectionality, as well as the skills needed to talk about cultural identifiers such as socioeconomic status, ability, age, sexual orientation, gender, religion, race/ethnicity, and family structure."
Adapted from an article written by Emma Sullaway '20 and published in the December 8, 2017 edition of the Shevuon Hatichon student newspaper.