Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Parent Meeting

Location: The Commons - Reservoir Campus

2018-2019 State of the School:
DEI Student Leaders Assess the Progress of Lab's Diversity,
Equity and Inclusion Student Goals

A Continued Discussion: Best practices for Hiring a Leader to Support DEI in Independent Schools

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
6:30pm – 8:30pm

The DEI strategic plan asks that all voices at Lab School be heard — including the student voice. To that end, active, vocal, dedicated DEI student leaders will offer their experience and observations. They will also lead a mini workshop showcasing activities that they have learned through classes, workshops, and club activities. These students have become our “specialists” as they represented The Lab School at the Student Diversity Leadership Conference, some of them for a number of years, becoming leaders there, and most recently, in Nashville, Tennessee in November 2018.

The Student Diversity Leadership Conference or (SDLC) includes more than 1,600 students and includes all races and all cultures. It is a gathering of upper school student leaders from independent schools from across the U.S. and abroad. SDLC focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community, where students develop cross-cultural communication skills, design effective strategies for social justice practice through dialogue and the arts, and they learn the foundations of allyship and networking principles.

Topics for this parent meeting include:
  • A growing level of comfort in an increasingly diverse environment among students and faculty
  • The experience at Lab for an adopted child of color with white parents, or for a mixed-race child
  • Self-awareness difficulties that emerge as a Black boy at Lab becomes a Black man at Lab
  • Discovering as a white student at Lab, that the dominant culture is one of white privilege and what that means
  • Homophobic and racist words and concepts heard and used among students ​
  • Student presentation, including brief Q&A session
  • Discussion of what are the best practices for hiring a leader to support DEI in independent schools
High School students Caitlin Green, Belen Riberas, Ethan Feinberg, Ethan Kabati, Rafi Katkov, and Yosi Zelalem
All parents welcome – childcare provided

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