Speaker Encourages Students to Challenge their Personal Biases

Last Thursday, the Diversity Committee hosted a very special guest, Michèle Newton, a speaker, expert and advocate, to speak with the Senior School students for Black History Month. 

A resident of Barrie, Michèle shares her intersectionality and Black lived experiences through keynote speaking and educational workshops. A public relations and communications expert with more than 25 years experience, she provides unique insights and leading expertise through an equity lens. 
A changemaker and advocate, Michèle created Our Mosaic Lives™  - a passion project celebrating Black Canadian women and girls, launched Community Conversations, co-founded Making Change (a Black-led non-profit organization),and contributes to a Diversity and Inclusion column to Simcoe.com
According to Neyla Kirby ’22, the student coordinator for the Diversity Committee, “Ms. Newton’s talk framed allyship and advocacy in a way that encouraged each student to continue challenging their own personal biases and working towards becoming better members of our community. Every conversation and focused discussion, even those that are uncomfortable, bring us closer to a more inclusive and safe environment for every student."
Below are a few resources that Michèle shared with the students that our wider community may find interesting as well:
Making Change Learning Resources (including movies, books, educating kids, and more)
Recent interviews done by Michèle Newton on her passion project: "Our Mosaic Lives"

Land Acknowledgment

CDS wishes to recognize and acknowledge the land on which the school operates. For thousands of years, these have been the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We also recognize the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee peoples who also shared this land.  CDS respects the relationship with these lands and recognizes that our connection can be strengthened by our continued relationship with all First Nations, by acknowledging our shared responsibility to respect and care for these lands and waters for future generations.

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Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.