This post was written by Emily Romero, Noble Street College Prep Class of 2019 and Noble Street Principal, Ben Gunty.
Two years ago, in the midst of a heightened national conversation about systemic racism in America, we came together to explore our role as a school community. As a staff, we responded by creating Noble Street’s first school-wide Diversity Dialogue in June 2016. Through this programming, we took an important first step in protecting school time to explore our collective diversity and foster a more equitable experience for students and teachers. In May of this year, we were proud to host our sixth Diversity Dialogue. But this time, things looked a little different. Instead of teachers leading critical conversations, students took the reins. They worked in diverse teams to build innovative solutions to interrupting racism, homophobia, ableism, and sexual harassment in our school. Club officers from a range of student organizations including Future Black Leaders, Dreamers, the National Honor Society, and Peer Mentors, spoke on a panel to encourage action from other students. Daja Wells and Latajah Young, two of our seniors heading to college in the Fall, emceed an electrifying event that showcased the diverse talents of our student body.
Instead of teachers leading critical conversations, students took the reins. They worked in diverse teams to build innovative solutions to interrupting racism, homophobia, ableism, and sexual harassment in our school.
As educators, we have a duty to protect a space for student voice. As students, we have a duty to use that voice for good. If we all play our part, then together we can build the better world we seek.
Check out the Diversity Dialogue gallery below: