Three Things I Loved About the Diversity Conf RCS Sent Me To

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Thank you Elon for getting this done. I know you have a lot on your plate. RIISE appreciates your commitment to share experiences and best practices from a student perspective. Elon goes to Riverdale and is finishing up 6th grade.  She attended the Diversity Leadership Conference in Philadelphia at The Haverford School. Proud of that girl!

On March 12th, 2013 I went to a Diversity Leadership Conference. It was sponsored by The Haverford School and The Multicultural Resource Center. The top three things that I took away from this great conference are the following:

 

  1. You can always take your pain and turn it into something beautiful.

-A speaker named Mykee talked to us in the beginning of the conference and explained to us that it was because he had a long and painful life that he could come here, take his pain and share it with us so we would be aware of what ourselves and others might be going through. (Think Oysters and how they make their pearls)

2. We learned how to hate differences from the craziest place

-Mykee also spoke about how we learned how to hate and discriminate differences from our first grade teachers. He said we all probably remember getting a piece of paper with shapes and things on it and our teacher saying: “Now please cross out all the things that are different on your sheet.” This simple activity made us look at differences in real life and cross them out.

3. There’s such thing as Gender Queer

-While at the conference, we watched a movie about gender and its various stereotypes. Something that stuck after watching the movie was Gender Queer. According to the movie it’s going beyond the genders and identifying as your: race, ethnicity, religion, personality, etc. I thought that it was a good idea, and made it so you were no longer restricted to being a ‘girl’ or a ‘boy’. It’ll most likely take a long time for the stereotypes and restrictions to stop, but this is a great substitution.

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