Upper School

Social Justice Program in the Upper School

Tower Hill's Upper School strives to foster a inclusive environment where students can truly be themselves. Director of Social Justice Dyann Connor works with faculty and students to develop programming that inspires thoughtful, respectful dialogue and encourages deeper understanding of classmates and the broader society. Examples include:

Courageous Conversations Series for Upper School Students

The Courageous Conversations series introduced students and faculty to thought-provoking presentations, workshops and discussions, providing occasion to reflect on one’s own beliefs and consider the perspectives of others.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Denevi, associate director of the Mid West Educational Collaborative, a non-profit agency that works with schools to encourage equity and diversity education, visited Tower Hill for an Upper School Assembly on Hidden Biases and for an after school presentation on Culturally Responsive Teaching. Drawing on her experiences in the classroom and the independent school world, her dynamic presentation covered various aspects of diversity and equity.
  • Dr. Adam Foley, program coordinator for the Office of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Delaware, participated in workshops with students.
  • Rosetta Lee, Seattle Girls’ School Diversity Speaker and Trainer, spoke to students, faculty and staff, advancing Courageous Conversations with age-appropriate discussion of topics such as stereotypes, cross-cultural communication, inclusion and welcoming ways.
  • Dr. Carol Henderson, Vice Provost University of Delaware Office of Equity and Inclusion, spoke at PAATH’s (Parents of African-Americans at Tower Hill) second annual Black History Month program. Her presentation, “My Soul Is A Witness: Art and Social Activism in the Civil Rights Era and Beyond,” highlighted the occurrence of African-American civil rights movements throughout our country’s history into the present day. She also examined how literary and musical artists continue to be bold and provocative voices who “speak truth to power.”
Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conferences
Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC)
Rory Britt ‘18, Lauren Formanski ‘18, Kennedy Medley ‘18, Jasmine Minhas ‘18, Hudson Pepper ‘18 and Destiney Skinner ‘19, accompanied by Director of Social Justice Dyann Connor and Assistant Head of School and Dean of Student Life Art Hall, attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC), which is hosted by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of Upper School student leaders from across the U.S. SDLC focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies and building community.

MidAtlantic Regional Diversity Conference (MARD)
Samantha DuPree ‘21, Gabrielle Jackson ‘20, Destiney Skinner ‘19 and Avani Vasudevan ‘20, accompanied by Director of Social Justice Dyann Connor and Upper School English teacher Maxime Sinal, attended the Mid-Atlantic Region Diversity Conference held by Abington Friends School and Perkiomen School in October. The conference included racial and cultural affinity groups, student-led discussions and a keynote address from noted activist and speaker Rodney Glasgow.

Springside Chestnut Hill Diversity Conference (SCHout)
Samantha DuPree ‘21, along with Upper School English teacher Maxime Sinal and Middle School Music Department Chair and Middle School music teacher Scott Zeplin, attended the Springside Chestnut Hill Diversity Conference (SCHout), which serves students from a variety of schools to discuss identity, inclusion and equity.

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