Multicultural Symposium 2013, Photos by Kayla J., Class of 2014
March 6, 2013: 8th Annual Multicultural Symposium Wildwood's Eighth Annual Multicultural Symposium was filled with inspiring performances, provocative thought, self-reflection, and celebration of our multi-dimensional identities. Senior organizers Rachel H., Keanu H., and Shayne M. dedicated themselves to months of rigorous planning for the symposium—titled "Spectra: Intersections of Identity."
Ariel Luckey, poet, actor, and playwright, had a clear message for Wildwood middle and upper school students in his keynote address at the 8th Annual Multicultural Symposium:
“Who are you? Who am I? Identity is a process, right? Not a destination.”
The day-long event included more than 30 workshops (read more about the workshops in Our Wildwood Vol. 33 page 11) that were bookended by Luckey’s speech and Mexican-Polish-American, two-time HBO Def Poet Joe Hernandez-Kolski’s performance. During the workshops, classrooms buzzed with conversation as students, faculty, and invited guests grappled with questions about identity, social entrepreneurship, neurodiversity, and gender issues.
During the evening portion of the Multicultural Symposium, Jonathan Mooney, a noted learning disabilities advocate who did not learn how to read until he was 12 years old tackled issues central to the disability rights movement, the wonderful world of neurodiversity, and offered tools to build disability pride in exceptional children and adults. Mooney reminded us all that nothing need get in the way of following our dreams and he inspires us to keep climbing over the hurdles with practical and passionate advice.
March 7, 2012: 7th Annual Multicultural Symposium Multicultural Symposium 2012, Photos by Kayla J., Class of 2014
The Multicultural Symposium, on March 7, 2012, was a daylong event for middle and upper school students that focused on issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability through a series of workshops and guest speakers. It was planned and led by student organizers in collaboration with Rasheda Carroll, director of multicultural affairs. The student organizers share a strong desire to advance a greater understanding and appreciation of multiculturalism. Senior Kalani B. said, "I hope to help empower the Wildwood community to develop authentic relationships as we all understand how to express ourselves and accept ourselves and others."
In addition to the daytime activities, the Symposium included a community evening event at 7 p.m. that featured keynote speaker Dr. Valerie Batts, executive director and co-founder of VISIONS, Inc. Author of, Modern Racism: New Melody for the Same Old Tune, Batts describes multiculturalism as a dynamic process: "Multiculturalism stresses learning to appreciate the impact of differences in social location based on such variables as race, gender, class, age, sexual orientation, religion, physical ability, and language. This learning process is dynamic; as we begin to see the impact of differences, our sense of ourselves, others, and the world shifts."
Click here to view a video from a previous symposium.
Below is a list of some of our multicultural events that are held at Wildwood School throughout the school year.
Families of Children of Color Picnic Hosted by the Parent Multicultural Collaborative (PMC) Aug. 25, 2013 Location: Elementary Campus
Multicultural Community Dialogue Oct. 16, 2013 Location: Middle and Upper Campus
SoCal POCIS Faculty Affinity Group Day Nov. 2, 2013 Location: Middle and Upper Campus
SoCal POCIS People of Color Conference/ Student Diversity Leadership Conference Dec. 5-7, 2013 Location: Off Campus
SoCal POCIS Student Voices Jan. 28, 2014 Location: Off Campus
Dinner for 12 Strangers Feb. 22, 2014 Location: Various Wildwood Homes
9th Annual Multicultural Symposium March 5, 2014 Location: Middle and Upper Campus
SoCal POCIS Parent Voices March 22, 2014 Location: Off Campus
Multicultural Family Story Night Hosted by PMC April 16, 2014 Location: Elementary Campus
Good schools, like good societies and good families, celebrate and cherish diversity. -Educator Deborah Meier, leading expert on independent schools
MULTICULTURAL NEWS: Wildwood Hosts Southern California People of Color in Independent Schools On Nov. 2, 2013, Wildwood hosted the Southern California People of Color in Independent Schools (SoCal POCIS) Affinity Group Day at the middle and upper campus. 75 participants from area independent schools joined Wildwood faculty and Landis Green for a keynote and breakout sessions, including a White Anti-Racist group and a People of Color group. A Stimulating Multicultural Community Dialogue on Oct. 16, 2013 Hosted by the Parent Multicultural Collaborative (PMC) and facilitated by Wildwood's Multicultural Leadership Team (MLT), the dialogue gave participants valuable information around Wildwood's White Anti-racist Affinity group work with students and faculty.
What Is Every Body's Restroom? This summer we transitioned the single stall restroom in the Gallery at the middle and upper school campus from “unisex” to “gender-neutral.”