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Upper School Set to Host Timely Symposium

Rudy Brandl

The Upper School Symposium – “Inclusive Communities - Race and Identity” – will be held next Wednesday, April 14. The daylong event will feature keynote speakers, presentations, workshops and breakout discussions moderated by an impressive group of guests.

Danielle Belton, newly appointed editor of The Huffington Post, will deliver the first keynote – “Be Proud of Who You Are” – in the morning. Imam Khalid Latif, a W+H graduate from the Class of 2000 who is the chaplain at NYU, will follow with a second keynote and speak on "When Hate Wins, We All Lose: Our Role In Breaking Down The Roots Of Racism."

Breakout sessions include those moderated by Mr. Zduy Chu (Cultural Competence), Dr. Shekinah Fashaw-Walters (Black Lives Matter Less: Race, Place, & Health), Mr. Kerel Cooper (Professional Development and Growth (Moving Through The Ranks), Ms. Gaby Acosta (What Makes a Good Ally? Establishing Ground Rules for a Supportive Community), Dr. Sahar Aziz and Ms. Habibbah Johnson (Islamophobia: Present Day Impact and Solutions) and Mr. Alvin Gilmore (Continuing Conversations About Race).

The Symposium Committee, led by Mrs. Nicole Nolan, Director of Global Scholars and Community Outreach, is excited to host this meaningful event. Other committee members include seniors Taliyah Williams ’21, Neil Shah ’21, Anna Razvi ’21, Mikayla Cole ’21 and John Papetti III ’21, and faculty members Mr. Kyle Modes, Ms. Jean Castellano, Mr. Jason Murphy and Dr. Deb Clifford.