Area student and faculty representatives convene to honor and further legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 19, a dozen Trinity students and four faculty/staff members joined area middle and upper school student representatives for the “Beloved Community” conference hosted by the Virginia Diversity Network (VDN) at the Steward School.
The VDN is made up of independent schools from around the region, and the conference’s discussions and presentations were centered around the question: “What can we do to further Dr. King’s dream of this Beloved Community?”
Students and faculty/staff convened for keynote speakers Ebony Williams and Roscoe Burnems (first poet laureate of Richmond), attended two workshops and an affinity group, and a closing session with others from Richmond area independent schools who were interested in inclusion efforts in their schools.
Trinity French teacher and VDN board member Aparna Harger led a workshop on belonging and allyship for non-black students of color. “It was focused on how students of underrepresented racial/ethnic groups can find their true place while honoring their identities and also supporting and amplifying the experiences of their Black peers,” said Harger.
Special thanks to the VDN and the Steward School for hosting this engaging commemorative event.