This year, Choate Rosemary Hall implemented Community Conversations. These informal discussions are intended to provide an open space for members of Choate to get to know one another and discuss perspectives, especially those of personal purpose or issues of concern.
Dr. Rachel Myers, Director of Equity & Inclusion and Filipe Camarotti, Associate Director of Equity & Inclusion introduced the programming this fall term and opened the discussion series for all members of the community in November. The first Community Conversation series is named, "Everything You Wanted to Know, But Were Afraid to Ask About...". The first topic was focused on Black voices and the second for LGBTQ+ perspectives. The goal of this initiative is to create an intentional space for members of the community to listen, learn, and educate about a different social identity topic each meeting in a space grounded in mutual respect.
All members of the school community are given the opportunity to send questions in advance of a discussion on the designated topic. Questions are shared at random during the program before students, faculty, or staff participate in meaningful conversation. The synchronous virtual format allows students, faculty, and staff to share a space where all voices can be heard in real time. Further, a moderated chat promises anonymous contributions allowing for various perspectives to be shared in a space of respect, curiosity, and acceptance.
Following the conversations, advisory time is dedicated to debriefing the topics and perspectives discussed. More programming in this series will continue throughout the school year, instilling trust and courage of expression within the community.