Students Leaders at Diversity Conference

V. Parker
Last week, the Student Diversity Leadership Council and a group of teachers went to Anaheim, CA for the National Association of Independent School's People of Color Conference/Student Diversity Leadership Conference (PoCC/SDLC). Students learned about different aspects of diversity, honed discussion facilitation skills, and met students at other independent schools.

Stephanie Bramlett, Director of the Center for Leadership, presented a workshop entitled, "All About the Strategy: Engaging Your Board to be an Effective Equity and Inclusion Leader" to a packed room of PoCC attendees.  In addition, Bramlett and Dale Griffa lead a conversation with Connecticut independent school attendees on behalf of the Connecticut Commission on Diversity in Independent Schools (CODIS).

It was English teaching fellow Tom Owen’s first trip as a chaperone and PoCC attendee. He reflected, “On a professional level, the conference provided me with invaluable resources to help me better serve my school—especially in the area of supporting students and families of color in the context of independent school communities.” He continued, “On a more personal level, I found the conference to be a powerfully affirming and inspiring experience. In particular, attending the affinity group sessions for educators who identify as multiracial was a unique opportunity to celebrate a shared identity and collectively discuss strategies for building more inclusive independent schools."

Representatives from St. Luke’s school included:
Kate Stamoulis '18, Amelia Wyckoff '18, Shamond Moore '19, Madison Sead '19, Tasia Courts '20, Dylan Johnson '20, Director of the Center for Leadership Stephanie Bramlett, US Music Chair Dale Griffa, US English teacher LaRita Hamilton, Director of Safety and Security Troy Haynie and English teaching fellow Tom Owen.

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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.