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Recapping our four-part GATHER series on diversity

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In the Monday, February 5, edition of the Gazette, Head of School Dr. Scott Erickson announced an upcoming four-part series of GATHER talks centered on the topic of diversity:

As we think about the families in our community, we see lots of diversity: Race, cultural background, ethnicity, languages spoken at home, family structure, political beliefs, gender, and more. PBS students are all special, unique, and different. We have the same core values in the midst of this awesome diversity. In our upcoming GATHER series, four speakers will reflect on how diversity enlivens our core values, teaches us new things, and makes us stronger community.

On Friday, February 9, Physical Education Teacher Stan Drake led off this four-part series, recounting a story of a much younger Stan’s first visit to the South in the 1960s.

On Friday, February 16, PBS Librarian Maeve Knoth gave the second talk in this four-part series, sharing about the many ways, seen and unseen, that we are diverse, and explaining how literature can help us not only see ourselves in others’ stories, but also to see folks who are very different from ourselves.

On Friday, March 2, Amira Al-Sarraf – the head of school at New Horizon in Pasadena – gave the third talk in this four-part series, sharing her experiences growing up in a large family that blended faiths and nationalities.

On Friday, March 9, Jervis Williams P’20 closed out this four-part series with a talk that used music as a metaphor to explain the amazing value of diversity.


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