On Sunday April 15, King students and faculty attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference hosted by the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). King School, as an inclusive educational community, embraces and values the unique qualities and traits of its members. "At King, we recognize that an informed understanding of one's own identity not only contributes to the development of a healthy, empowered young adult, but also enhances the learning experience for each and every member of the community," says Director of Diversity Keeniun Brumskill. King celebrates its diversity through the exploration and discovery of individuals including, but not limited to, their race, class, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. This conference is one way that our students and faculty who are interested can learn and contribute to strengthen this mission.
King students and faculty joined with 400 other students grades 7-12, faculty, and staff from other CAIS schools. A conference highlight was learning from Keynote speaker Courtney Marshall, Ph.D, a scholar and activist working in the fields of African-American Literature, Black Feminist thought, and carceral studies. She earned her doctorate in English and a graduate certificate in Women's Studies from UCLA and after researching Black women and the prison-industrial complex, she now studies Black feminist cultures of wellness and the racialized history of physical fitness from enslavement to the age of Michelle Obama. Since 2015, she has led Wrong Is Not My Name: Black Feminist Fitness and Jump At The Sun Fitness, initiatives that bring community-accountable fitness programs to underserved populations.
The day was filled with group discussions, facilitated by and for students, plus workshops for the adults along with student entertainment and special workshops for grade 12 students.
The conference was a great experience for the students. Read reflections from a few students who attended the conference.
"Everyone is different and has different things that make them who they are. I learned that you need to respect others opinions/experiences; they aren't wrong just because they aren't yours. " - Liliana Gordon '18.
"Today's experience was something I will never forget. I was surrounded by people who cared about people the same exact way that I do. I learned that unfortunately, people at schools are going through racial problems which no person should ever go to. I am going to try my best to bring some of the strategies back to King to improve not necessarily our diversity but our diversity and inclusion approach." - Grady Boruchin '19.