Diversity Assembly

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Lucy Howell, Contributing Writer

Diversity Council held the third annual Diversity Assembly on February 20th. The theme, “Having Difficult Conversations,” aimed to push students to challenge themselves in  conversations with each other. 

The theme was chosen because many people find diversity to be difficult and polarizing to discuss. The group emphasized that having challenging conversations doesn’t just apply to diversity topics but to many other topics that require this skill as well. The council also aimed to increase visibility of the diversity within our community and to create a more inclusive atmosphere among students. 

 

After the assembly’s introduction on the importance of difficult conversations, various council members presented the eight identifiers—ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, socio-economic status, family structure, ability, and age. Each council member explained how they identify within the category described.

During the Silent Movement Activity, students were welcomed to participate by standing for the groups to which they identify. This activity proved powerful and worked towards the goal of visibility of the diversity at Mayfield. This activity also called attention to areas where the community is less represented, giving students a platform for discussion. 

Finally, Magnolia Katz ‘20, Fatima Khan ‘20 and Sade Falese ‘23  talked about their personal experiences  regarding coming to terms with their own identities of race, religion and sexual orientation.

All of the statements were very meaningful to the speakers and well received by the community for their bravery and honesty. The Diversity Council welcomes all to attend meetings in the future:

March 19th: Race/Ethnicity

April 2nd: Sexuality/Gender

April 16th: Socioeconomic/Family Structure

April 30th: Ability

Diversity Council held the third annual Diversity Assembly on February 20th. The theme, “Having Difficult Conversations,” aimed to push students to challenge themselves in  conversations with each other. 

During the Silent Movement Activity, students were welcomed to participate by standing for the groups to which they identify. This activity proved powerful and worked towards the goal of visibility of the diversity at Mayfield. This activity also called attention to areas where the community is less represented, giving students a platform for discussion. 

The council also aimed to increase visibility of the diversity within our community and to create a more inclusive atmosphere among students. 

After the assembly’s introduction on the importance of difficult conversations, various council members presented the eight identifiers—ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, socio-economic status, family structure, ability, and age. Each council member explained how they identify within the category described.

Finally, Magnolia Katz ‘20, Fatima Khan ‘20 and Sade Falese ‘23  talked about their personal experiences  regarding coming to terms with their own identities of race, religion and sexual orientation.

All of the statements were very meaningful to the speakers and well received by the community for their bravery and honesty. The Diversity Council welcomes all to attend meetings in the future: