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Pollyanna 2019

Pollyanna Conference 2019

Race, Privilege, and CommunitySaturday, November 2, 2019


On Saturday, November 2, 2019, St. Clement’s School will host a full-day exploration of diversity issues focusing on Race, Privilege, and Community.

Open to independent schools from across the region, the conference is dedicated to the in-depth analysis and discussion of issues surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion in our schools and in our communities.

Utilizing the model created by the New York-based non-profit Pollyanna, Inc., and held in Canada for the first time, this intensive exploration will approach these sensitive issues in a dynamic, interactive, and engaging manner.

We are very excited to announce the event’s keynote speaker: Annahid Dashtgard (MEd), a renowned author, changemaker, and co-founder of Anima Leadership, an international consulting company specializing in issues of diversity and inclusion. She has worked nationally and internationally across different sectors (education, healthcare, government, private, and non-profit) and regularly writes and speaks on issues of democracy, citizen engagement, diversity, and belonging. Annahid’s first book, Breaking the Ocean: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Reconciliation was published in August and is garnering stellar reviews (www.BreakingtheOcean.com).

Initial registration requires just the name of the school and a single point of contact. In mid-October, all participants will be required to provide a full list of their delegation of 12-14 individuals comprised equally of students, faculty, administration, parents, alumnae, and others in leadership roles.

This unique approach ensures a diverse representation of each school and helps provide all participants with a variety of opinions, perspectives, and experiences as they delve into issues of race, gender, religion, socio-economics, and the effects of privilege.

Participants will work in peer groups and as a collective, and will be invited to share their school’s experiences and knowledge in an effort to tackle privilege and improve inclusion and diversity within our educational communities.

Students will be provided with the opportunity to present suggestions and possible solutions to existing challenges. All participants will then work towards the creation of a viable action plan that can not only have a positive impact on everything from student life to Human Resources, but also aid in promoting the educational and social benefits of diversity.

Join St. Clement’s School in welcoming Pollyanna to Canada and be a part of this important and timely event.

The number of schools that can be accommodated is limited, register today!

Registration Fee: $1,150 


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