AFS Co-Hosts First Mid Atlantic Region Diversity Conference

Date: 04/09/2013

MediaLibrary#5635Last Saturday AFS co-hosted the first Mid-Atlantic Region Diversity Conference with The Perkiomen School. Several Upper School students had been hard at work since September to put the event together.

AFS welcomed around 150 participants from 10 different schools, with the majority of the day being student led.

This conference was designed for Upper School students interested in exploring issues of identity (sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, age, ability, socio-economic status, gender, and religion). Activities encouraged students to build community and lean into discomfort.

Participants were led by a diverse team of trained Upper School facilitators from Abington Friends School and The Perkiomen School working in large and small groups as well as affinity groups. AFS students playing leadership roles included Jeremy Goode '14, Meqai Herder '14, Austin Levin '15 and Bria Biddle '13. Jeremy and Meqai began creating the conference as part of what is called the Dream Project, a required activity at the end of the 10th grade seminar class.

“The day was amazing and quite impactful for many students here at AFS and for our visitors,” said AFS Director of Diversity and Inclusion Toni Williamson. “This experience gave our students the extraordinary opportunity to showcase the diversity work that is at the fabric of who we are as a school with other schools in the area. For so many students the work that was done that day was transformative.”

The Keynote address for the conference was given by Rodney Glasgow, a noted speaker, facilitator, trainer and activist in the areas of diversity, equity, and social justice.