Diversity & Community Building Committee
It is our community's responsibility to provide structures to help us become allies as our children navigate these challenges, building a community that is responsive and sensitive to the needs of every identity.
This year, we are excited to announce our 2017-2018 speaker series. In partnership with the Parents Association, our programs will explore gender, their roles, and the impact of stereotypes. Our speakers will provide tools on how to address gender and sexism in support of a culture of respect and freedom of self-expression.
If you would like to learn more about our programs, please email email@example.com.
We welcome all families to attend the Family Picnic on Saturday, September 16, from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. in the St. Luke's Playground. Bring the kids and get to know other families at St. Luke's School. This is a great opportunity for the kids to meet new friends in other grades and for parents to mix and mingle. We have a magician, balloon making, face painting, burgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs on the grill. All St. Luke’s families are welcome and encouraged to attend this event.
Fall Speaker Series: October 18, 2017 - Not just a boy: Exploring Masculine Gender Norms and Stereotypes
Not just a boy: Exploring Masculine Gender Norms and Stereotypes
John Gentile and Dwight Vidale
John Gentile is a nationally recognized diversity and inclusion consultant focusing on whiteness, white identity development, and white privilege. He has worked with many prestigious educational institutions and organizations. He has lead workshops, facilitated dialogues and affinity groups, trained faculty, and has been featured as a keynote speaker. He has presented at the Critical Analysis of Race in Learning and Education (CARLE) Institute and the Immigrant Justice Corps in New York City. He has worked with the YWCA of the City of New York as a facilitator around identity development. He is a founding committee member for the inaugural conference, (Re)defining Power: White Male Voices in Diversity Work, a conference for 6th to 12th-grade white males students wanting to explore their role in equity and justice work. He has been a faculty member for the National Association of Independent Schools' Student Diversity Leadership Conference since 2009. He was the recipient of The Princeton Prize for Race Relations in 2007. John is currently Associate Director of Diversity for Horace Mann School in New York City.
Dwight Vidale is in his seventh year of teaching at Riverdale Country School, a coed day school in the Bronx, New York. He teaches English in both the middle (6th) and upper school (9th) and considers himself to be a social justice teacher because he focuses his students’ attention on diverse topics in literature. Dwight also serves as the Director of Community Engagement, the department responsible for organizing and executing the diversity and inclusion initiatives on the Hill campus. His team supports student affinity groups, family discussion groups, and faculty training. In addition to being a senior administrator, Dwight also co-facilitates a leadership program, which examines what leadership looks like at Riverdale. Dwight attended Riverdale Country School as a high school student and went on to graduate with honors from Brown University. He joined Teach for America (TFA), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to end educational inequity. With TFA, Dwight taught English at Sam Houston High School in Houston, TX for three years.
Winter Speaker Series: November 15, 2017 - Not just a girl: Exploring Feminine Gender Norms & Stereotypes
Not just a girl: Exploring Feminine Gender Norms & Stereotypes
Heidi Kasevich, Ph.D.
A specialist in educating women leaders, Heidi Kasevich, Ph.D., is a speaker, consultant, author, and curriculum designer in the fields of leadership and global women’s issues. Her signature program, Closing the Gap, cultivates the traits of ambition, resilience, and courage, and teaches girls the skills needed to be self-aware, confident individuals who know their value and are prepared to lead through authenticity. She is passionate about the idea that with intentional leadership education, women will be able to lean in and stay in. Closing the Gap is designed to shift mindsets, provide tools for navigating gender bias, and empower girls to have a positive impact on the world.
Join us in celebrating acceptance by creating more safe spaces, free of name-calling, bullying and bias at St. Luke's during this school-wide observance.
Spring Speaker Series: February 7, 2018 - Acceptance For All: Pathways Toward Increased Transgender Advocacy
Acceptance For All: Pathways Toward Increased Transgender Advocacy
Eli R. Green, Ph.D.
Eli R. Green, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies graduate program at Widener University, specializing in sexuality education and transgender pedagogy. He is the founder of The Transgender Training Institute, and Dr. Green’s award winning book, The Teaching Transgender Toolkit: A Facilitator’s Guide to Increasing Knowledge, Decreasing Prejudice & Building Skills co-authored with Luca Maurer, is the first of its kind to provide detail best practices and guidance for teaching transgender content. His research focuses largely on reducing prejudice toward transgender people and communities through education and training. Dr. Green holds a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality Studies from Widener University, in addition to Masters’ Degrees in Human Sexuality Education (Widener University) and Applied Women’s Studies (Claremont Graduate University). Dr. Green is a Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE) through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT) and currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Communications Steering Committee Chair.
Every year the Diversity & Community Building Committee selects a book for our community to read together, gain insights on our own identities, and discuss topics which are important to individual community members. The book will be available in the Front Office a few weeks before the book club meeting, and all are welcome to join in on these rich discussions.
Sponsored by the Diversity and Community Building Committee, parents and students come together to celebrate a different culture. This year we will celebrate Latin American culture. Recent dances have transported us to Iran, Africa, Bollywood, Brazil, Greece, and China.
To learn more about our affinity group for Parents of Students with Learning Differences, a group focused on parenting with learning, emotional and physical differences, please contact Lauren Stewart.