On Saturday, November 7, several teachers, students, and parents virtually attended the Widening the Lens Diversity Conference. The theme of this year's conference—Lift Every Voice: Centering the Student Experience in Building Anti-Racist Communities—was an obvious choice in response to the horrific events of this spring and the disparities illuminated by COVID-19. Widening the Lens provides an opportunity to continue to listen, to learn more, and to share strategies for transformational change.
All students from the thirteen attending schools were asked to reflect on the conference theme and issue a challenge to conference attendees that would inspire the day's work. Far Hills 7th grader, Josselyn Wolf, was one of two students selected to present their "Call to Action" speeches. Josselyn's action plan complements the plan that our DEI committee has created for students, families, faculty, staff, administration, and trustees.
Caroline Calello, current Student Government Association President, was our second student representative at the conference and shared insights and opinions during the Student Presentation Panel. The SGA has adopted the theme of Kindness, Acceptance, and Inclusion as their platform and will make it their mission to promote these themes throughout the school year.
The SGA is the catalyst for the student voice. They are actively exploring opportunities for open dialogues among our various constituent groups. You'll hear more about their progress as the year continues.
Did you know? This past Friday, November 13, was World Kindness Day. The event was created by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, an organization that shares the same goal as Josselyn and our SGA: Make Kindness the Norm! Shine the light on kindness at Far Hills. Look for information soon about our Holiday Pop-Up Shop that features a Be Kind t-shirt.
Watch Josselyn's presentation here: