Faculty Advisors: Manny Avila, Denise Steadman
Societal and cultural values require time to change, especially when it comes to systemic discrimination. That’s why members of the Diversity Group selected the topic of bias to explore within advisory groups. The goals of the advisory session were to understand what bias is and how it manifests. The session was designed to be a catalyst for ongoing conversations throughout the school.
To develop the session, club members interviewed current and past students to collect information and stories, with some selected for the session to open conversations around bias. Members also created the facilitation materials consisting of video supports and discussion prompts, and advisors were trained on how this material could be used within the advisory sessions. At the end of the session, participants had the option to complete a survey providing feedback and some suggestions for future diversity-inspired advisor sessions.
“It’s important for teachers and students to understand that everyone has unconscious bias. Once we admit this, growth and change can occur.” Manny Avila, Faculty Advisor
“The session revealed areas of improvement that the Senior School could focus on in order to maintain a safe and welcoming environment and opened conversation on topics that are difficult to initiate but are necessary in order to push for change.” Tarini Amarasinghe ’22, Student Coordinator