Tarana Burke: Keynote Speaker at Diversity Day


On Monday, January 15, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Choate students, faculty, and staff will engage in a student-run Diversity Day program.

The keynote speaker for the all-school meeting is social justice activist Tarana Burke, senior director of programs at Girls for Gender Equity. Burke has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to laying the groundwork for the international 'MeToo' movement before it went viral this fall. She will share the story behind the genesis of the movement that won her and other courageous individuals recognition as 2017 TIME Person of The Year.

Throughout the day, Choate students will participate in peer-led, small-group workshops designed for reflection and motivation of social activism in one's own life.

In the morning, faculty will attend an interactive workshop on building strategies for cultural competency conducted by Robert Greene, Principal at Cedar and Burwell Strategic Consulting. His article about issues of identity and cultural differences, "Seeing it through," appeared in the 2016 issue of Independent School magazine.