On November 29, 2016 Ms. Kim Tietjen and Mrs. Doretha Buster, of our Counseling Department, took 10 students to the Diversity Summit hosted by Fordham Prep at the Marist Brothers retreat house in Esopus, NY. The students engaged in a variety of learning and leadership experiences to better understand stereotyping, racial profiling, gender roles, LGBTQ+ concerns, social action, and more. Through thought provoking presentations and discussions, the students ignited a desire to affect change, strengthen common bonds, and seek greater inclusion in their school communities
Mrs. Buster also attended the 2016 People of Color Conference in Atlanta hosted by NAIS, the National Association of Independent Schools. The theme was Advancing Human and Civil Rights: Fulfilling the Dream together. Bryan Stevenson was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony. He is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. He is also one of the most acclaimed and respected lawyers in the nation. His memoir "Just Mercy" is a "must" read. Three legends were honored at the closing ceremony: John Lewis, Hank Aaron, and Christine King Farris, the eldest sister and only living sibling of Dr. Martin Luther king, Jr. Mrs. Buster also took part in 5 workshops and an affinity group. There were over 5,000 attendees from all races, ethnic groups, cultures, gender, and sexual orientations. It was an inspiring gathering.