A D-E Dialogue: “What’s Your Family Story?”

The “In Our Family” Exhibit in Swartley Gallery was coordinated as a partner project of the Parents’ Association and the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA). The photos were on loan from the critically-acclaimed non-profit organization Family Diversity Projects.

How do you identify yourself, your children, and your family? That was the question central to this engaging, interactive opportunity on October 14, “What’s Your Family Story?” Presented by the D-E Parents’ Association (PA) in partnership with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the D-E Visual Arts Department, the event was an effort to create more connections among all students, parents, and families. The dialogue had attendees consider their own families relative to the D-E community and other communities, while also thinking about meaningful ways to be aware of and appreciate others.

Screen Shot 2015-12-26 at 9.53.24 PMThe event was twofold, incorporating the opening of the Swartley Gallery exhibit, “In Our Family: Portraits of All Sorts of Families,” a special photography exhibit by Family Diversity Projects, with a workshop led by guest speaker and conversation facilitator Amy Fabrikant. Fabrikant is an educator, writer, literacy specialist, a national speaker for LGBTQIA safe schools, and an instructor and supervisor for Columbia University’s Teachers College.

During this presentation, a variety of skills were discussed to help everyone be mindful of his or her own family identity, value differences, and build more constructive community relationships overall. The photo-text exhibit, which featured 20 photographic works of families, ran through November 12.


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