Diversity Events & Initiatives Build Awareness, Strengthen our Community

From D-E’s annual Fiesta Mexicana to benefit educational outreach in Oaxaca, Mexico, and a Black History Month assembly for the Upper School (US) to a first-ever Parents’ Association’s “Film, Food & Fun” movie screening and a Middle School GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) assembly, spring has been full of events both traditional and new that celebrate our diverse community. 

007-BlackHistoryMonth3Presented by the US Black Affinity Group, the Black History Month Assembly program featured student dance performance, spoken words, and video interviews of D-E’s African-American student body. Each vignette focused on different aspects of living as a young African-American today, in some cases presenting admittedly troubling but critically important perspectives.

007-janehyunBeyond the traditional culinary and entertainment aspects of celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year, the D-E community was also privileged to hear earlier this spring from Jane Hyun, author of Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling, Career Strategies for Asians. Ms. Hyun shared her personal story of growing up in Korea and then being raised in America, shedding light on aspects of Asian-American culture about which the majority of us are not aware. She also moderated a panel of Asian-American students who shared their own compelling cultural experiences both within the School and their personal communities. 

007-holocause-markIn April, in recognition of HaShoah (Holocaust Day of Remembrance), the Upper School was also moved by the story of a Holocaust survivor. Manek Schonwetter told us his childhood story of escaping Nazi persecution in Poland with his family. His first account of the war, combined with remarks from his daughter, Ann Arnold, completely captured the listeners. Many students stayed after the assembly for questions and to show their appreciation.

007-MS-GSA-AssemblyIn the Middle School, students experienced a memorable assembly led by the Upper School’s Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Club. Students, faculty, staff, and parents joined as panelists to share their honest reflections on proudly being a part of the GLBT community or being a family member of someone who is in this community. To watch the video segment shown at the Middle School’s GSA assembly, click here.

007-PAfilmThe D-E Parents’ Association’s “Film, Food & Fun” inaugural movie screening event in early April explored diversity through a selection of films representing various cultural perspectives, including those of Korea, India, and China. Enhanced by a buffet of global specialities ranging from dumplings and tempura to sushi and samosas, Hajjar Auditorium was briefly transformed into a mini international film festival.

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