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The St. George’s community will come together for A Weekend for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on April 20 and April 21.
The weekend event, formerly The Alumni of Color Conference, will continue SG’s efforts of honoring diversity with a goal of valuing differences and promoting genuine respect for each individual.
“The purpose of A Weekend for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is to welcome alumni back to campus to learn, grow, and share along with the SG community the goal of valuing differences and promoting respect for each individual,” Director of Diversity Dr. Kim W. Bullock said. “Through lectures, discussions, panels, and shared stories, alumni will engage with students, faculty, and each other as they share their experiences – both accomplishments and challenges – as it relates to inclusion and equity at SG.”
Albert Lucas ’85 is already signed up for the event.
“The world is getting to be a very, very small place and it’s going to be important for people connected to St. George’s to continue being in leadership positions around the world,” Lucas said. “The best way to do that is to have some knowledge, awareness, and empathy for what people are going through, what their life circumstances are, where they’ve come from and events like this are ways to amplify that opportunity.”
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Head of School Alixe Callen to hear about her equity and inclusion goals for SG. The weekend’s keynote speaker is 50CAN executive vice president Derrell Bradford, who will share his passion for advocating for equitable educational opportunities.
Lucas is looking to gain valuable knowledge that he can use in his own community at his current position as chief of staff for the Board of Alders in New Haven, Connecticut.
“I feel a responsibility to be a part of the continued evolution of the focus at St. George’s on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and I also think I can learn some things myself,” said Lucas. “I want to take advantage of the opportunity to be in a nurturing environment to have those kinds of personal conversations and to learn from other people about all those issues in ways that I can bring back to my community.”
Bullock said the previous Alumni of Color Conferences have left multiple impacts that will carry over to this year’s event.
“The event this year will build on the momentum and lessons of the past events,” Bullock said. “The conferences provided an acknowledgement and affirmation of the value and existence of SG’s history of racial diversity and its sometime difficult events, served to give the alumni and students of color a sense of clarity, validity, ownership, and pride in the history of the school. The conferences over the years have touched, enriched, and broadened every student’s experience in some capacity."
Bullock said events like this are important because spaces that promote inclusion invite and respect varying perspectives to participate, which is important to establishing a welcoming community.
“After five conferences, we believed the time was right to revisit the objectives of the conference in an effort to broaden the success and apply the lessons of the previous events,” Bullock said. “The importance of an intentional and deliberate effort by the school to give voice to every alumnus whose perspective, experiences, and stories have been historically at the margins, became apparent and a natural next step. The experience, as in the past, is enhanced by the opportunity to engage together in programming and speakers that expand our knowledge, understanding, and growth.”
Lucas said he encourages SG students to attend the weekend event as it will provide them with tools they’ll use for the rest of their lives.
“This is a type of event that they will remember for the rest of their lives. This is going to be instructive and allow them in their next steps in life to actually have another tool in their toolkit to be able to navigate the challenges that are going to be presented to them. I wouldn’t miss this opportunity for the world and I believe it’s going to be an opportunity to give them some additional information that will help them change the world the way that they want to.”
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