Our second annual Diversity Summit was a two-day overnight event in New Jersey on November 8-9, 2018. A group of our high school students welcomed students from Convent of the Sacred Heart School, Greenwich. Together they explored topics such as colorism, Title IX, gentrification, and Islamophobia. Faculty moderators were Mrs. Buster and Ms. Tietjen, from our Counseling Department, Mr. Ledley, Social Studies Chair, and Ms. Robertson, English Department. However, it was the students who prepared the materials and led the sessions.
All of the topics presented were chosen and created by the members of the Ursuline Diversity Alliance Club who worked since the summer to create an interactive experience. The girls focused heavily on issues a student may someday face and issues that need to be addressed in the world. At the Summit, they made sure to first discuss definitions so that all could understand the language being used to define racism, stereotypes, religious persecution, and discrimination. They also spent some time socializing and made new friendships which would empower them to spread diversity in their schools.