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Community & Inclusion Updates as of 12/10/20

Students and employees continue to engage in programs and activities to educate, strengthen awareness of issues, and create opportunities for achieving Community & Inclusion, a school-wide priority at Ursuline.

Updates as of December 10, 2020:

On November 12, 20 Ursuline employees participated in the second of a four-part series of ISAS webinars about Racial Literacy and Anti-Racism education. The webinar was entitled The Power of Language: The Importance of Developing and Embracing Anti-Racist Frameworks, Mindsets, and Actions – Word by Word.

For their first reading of the year, the Global Book Club for Ursuline employees read Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. Caste explores caste systems and links them to an unspoken caste system that has existed in the United States. The book has received high acclaim and is listed on the New York Times list of the best non-fiction works of all time.

Six students attended the annual NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) held the first week of December in conjunction with the NAIS People of Color Conference (POCC). The SDLC theme was Keeping it Real in Independent Schools – Bringing our Real Selves, Connecting in Real Time, Making Real Change. Several Ursuline Employees attended POCC themed New Decade, New Destinies – Challenging Self, Changing Systems, Choosing Justice. Both conferences were held virtually for the first time

Life Skills classes on Community & Inclusion for all Freshman students were held November 12 – December 8. The 9th graders explored the following key areas: inclusion, identity, empathy, perspective, and change from the Catholic lens.