On Monday, January 18, 2021 Choate students and adults will participate virtually in the annual school-wide Diversity Day. The program theme, Choate Rosemary Hall: A Place of Many Voices, explores and amplifies identities, perspectives, and experiences. The community will attend group workshops designed to examine and advance equity and inclusion across campus.
This year's Diversity Day Program welcomes Dr. Kyle Mays as keynote speaker. The community anticipates the address titled, The King We Love to Hate: Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr.'s Radical Dreams this Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Mays is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies, American Indian Studies, and History at UCLA and the author of Hip Hop Beats, Indigenous Rhymes: Modernity and Hip Hop in Indigenous North America, and is currently finishing two manuscripts.
Throughout the week, events are intended to encourage the sharing and understanding of various stories, to come together and embrace individual identities. In addition to engaging workshops, offered in this week's programming are movie viewings such as, Rising Phoenix and Giving Voice. A list of recommended Diversity Day reading is published on the Andrew Mellon Library website featuring #OwnVoices ebooks. On Wednesday, January 20, 2021 an evening alumni panel will feature, Chi Nwogu '06, Lane W. Franklin '09, Raven Gaddy '11, and Journee Brown '19. Additionally, the 59th Inaugural Ceremony viewing is planned for Wednesday, January 20 followed by a debriefing session of the week's activities and conversations at the end of the week.