Our 12th annual Wildwood Multicultural Symposium, “Rise Up!” was a spirited and thoughtful day of speakers, workshops, and entertainment. The event is organized each year by upper school student leaders and is a place to connect with and celebrate the experiences of others while learning about ourselves.
Workshops were facilitated by Wildwood students and faculty, authors, professors, and a range of experts. They addressed a variety of diversity-related topics including religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ability/disability, and identity. Workshop titles included: Education for a Changing Society, Why Should We Care About Diversity in STEM?, The Body Positive Movement, Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age, and A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Syrian Refugees.
Keynote speaker, Reverend Ed Bacon opened the day with an inspiring talk about the need to understand our differences in order to live in love instead of in fear. He said, “We can’t rise up if we shut down.”