George School’s Parent Inclusion Committee, in partnership with Rachel Williams, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), and Julye M. Williams, Founder of Project 2043, are excited to host a six-part Courageous Conversations series for parents and adults in the George School community.
The goal of this series is to build meaningful connections, create an atmosphere for authentic conversation, and expand people’s awareness about the diversity of perspectives and lived experiences. Participants will meet three times in the fall and three times in the spring to discuss topics across a variety of themes related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. By the end of the series, participants will have deeper empathy, understanding, and commitment to supporting equity and inclusion efforts within George School and beyond.
“At George School, diversity is seen as an enriching educational and cultural resource, and equity is understood to be a high ethical, educational, and strategic priority,” said Rachel. “The Courageous Conversations Series is one way that individuals can share in our communal, and institutional DEI efforts to engage across difference, and open a path for further discussion down the road. We are very lucky to have someone like Julye joining us for these sessions. This is a great opportunity for all of us to grow and learn from one another.”
Julye is an educator and social entrepreneur with a passion for educational equity, social justice, and helping children and adults develop an awareness, understanding, and appreciation for one another. She began her career establishing free tutoring programs in New York City public schools. She went on to create the cultural exchange program, Global Youth Connect and co-found North Star Academy – Liberty Elementary School in Newark, New Jersey. Most recently, Julye served as the Director of Resource and Program Development at First Book, creating educational resources and workshops on the topics of race and diversity, trauma, and social-emotional learning. Julye is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and earned an MBA from Florida A & M University.
The six-part series will take place on:
Sunday, September 12 – The Danger of a Single Story: International Media & Culture
Sunday, October 10 – A Painting, a Poem, and Pop Stars: Literature & the Arts through an Equity Lens
Sunday, November 14 – History: Looking Back to Look Forward
Sunday, February 13
Sunday, March 6
Sunday, April 10
Each session will take place through Zoom from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Interested adult members of the George School community can register here.