On March 31 we as a community were asked to challenge conversation and “Spread the Word to End the Word.” Senior, Karim Shafi, delivered a touching speech on the use of the word “retarded” and how this national event, in correspondence with the Special Olympics, asked for pledges to work towards its liquidation in society. Students piled into assembly, signing their names as they entered, and listened intently to what Karim and the Diversity Club had to say.
The assembly also covered diversity related topics such as the annual NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC). Six US student leaders (Alexis Aurigemma, Khaalid Lucas, Monica Wilson, Meghan Lam, Serena Pierce and Ruben Mascitti) were chosen to represent Tower Hill School in New Orleans, Louisiana. They touched on the public speakers, the workshops, people and the overall experiences they encountered at SDLC, mainly focusing on the “Big 8” core cultural identifiers which are Ability, Age, Gender, Ethnicity, Race, Religion, Sexual Orientation and Socioeconomic Class. Each student talked about how SDLC was a transcendental experience that has impacted all of their lives. This assembly was an eye opener for all of the Hillers and hopefully has been a turning point in how Tower Hill views people who are different.