Equity Leadership Conference: January 30, 2021 (virtual via Zoom)

St. Luke’s is excited to offer students, faculty, parents, trustees, alumni, and parents of alumni the opportunity to participate in our inaugural Equity Leadership Conference (ELC) 9:00am-12:00pm on Saturday, January 30, 2021 (please find conference agenda, registration details, and video message below).

The ELC is designed to foster genuine curiosity, dialogue, empathy, and greater equity at St. Luke’s and beyond, and is being organized by the school's Equity and Inclusion team.

This virtual conference (via Zoom), in partnership with New York City-based nonprofit Pollyanna, will further support our school’s diversity, equity, and inclusion work as we continue to engage our community in thought-provoking conversations surrounding the issues of belonging and perspective-taking at St. Luke’s.

Inspired by the School’s motto, Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve, and our Vision for Inclusive Excellence, this year’s theme is "Enter to Learn: Co-Creating an Inclusive Community That Serves Us All.”

During the event, participants will hear from Head of School Mark Davis, and he will be joined by St. Luke’s alumni for a retrospective conversation centered on their unique and diverse experiences as former students. Participants will then break into separate discussion groups for students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, alumni, or parents of alumni where everyone will have the opportunity to consider what contributes to a sense of belonging at St. Luke’s and what barriers to belonging are experienced. After a short break, the conclusion of the conference will invite all participants to join together to debrief and reflect on next steps.
In advance of the Equity Leadership Conference, St. Luke's students share their initial thoughts on the differences between "belonging" and "fitting in."

St. Luke's Director of Equity and Inclusion, Jaci Nelson, shared this message with students and other participants about what they can expect at the conference.

Agenda and Registration Info for St. Luke's Equity Leadership Conference

(all sessions are virtual via Zoom)

Registration -
This event is open to the St. Luke's community, including students, parents, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, and parents of alumni. The link to register was shared via email and can also be found in the latest edition of eNews. For questions about the event or if you need the registration link, please email nelsonj@stlukesct.org.

9:00-9:15am - Opening Remarks
Head of School Mark Davis and St. Luke's Alumni share their thoughts on Equity and Inclusion.

9:15-10:45am - Breakout Groups
Participants join constituent groups (students, parents, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, parents of alumni) for a deep-dive conversation on St. Luke's efforts to promote equity and inclusion.

10:45-11am - BREAK

11:00am-12:00pm - Student Panel & Closing
All participants will join together for a student-led panel discussion to share what we've learned in this morning's group dialogue, and to hear directly from students about their perspectives on equity and inclusion at St. Luke's, including what the school is doing well and what can be improved. Head of School Mark Davis will close out the event with remarks and reflection.

Jacqueline Nelson, Director of Equity and Inclusion

In pursuit of St. Luke’s Vision for Inclusive Excellence, we are working to foster and preserve an environment that expresses empathy and respect for differences of all kinds.  Empathy requires storytelling and perspective-taking.  Respect requires consideration and understanding.  To cultivate a wholly inclusive school community that serves us all, it is important for us to share, listen, and learn from one another, about the ways our divergent points of view frame our experiences on the Hilltop and beyond.  This conference is designed to intentionally engage a broad cross-section of the St. Luke’s community as we examine the significance of similarities and differences, belonging and mutual respect.”

About Pollyanna

The mission of Pollyanna is to create platforms "where groups of people can explore together diversity, inclusion, and equity and share ideas, experiences and knowledge in order to become change agents in their immediate communities. The “From Diversity to Community” or “Intra Conference” models are a dynamic, focused, and interactive program that provides guidance and training for community leaders. The goal is to improve inclusion within communities and the understanding that racial, socioeconomic, religious, and sexual diversity enhances all elements of the community."
St. Luke’s School is a secular private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving 25 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.