By Assistant Head of School, Phelana Pang
Last week, Seattle Girls’ School was involved with the People of Color Conference (PoCC) in a number of ways. PoCC is an annual national conference for independent school faculty and staff, and this year the conference is in Seattle. The purpose of the conference is to provide a leadership and professional development space for people of color and allies, to “improve and enhance the interracial, interethnic, and intercultural climate in their schools” (from the PoCC website).
Ten of our staff/faculty are attending PoCC. Performance and Media Arts teacher Ms. Lulu Carpenter is a member of the local planning committee. Both Rosetta Lee and Brenda Leaks are presenting at the conference. Additionally, SGS was one of four School Visits in the Seattle area. On Wednesday, December 4, we hosted 25 educators from around the country through a tour, a class, and a student panel. Our visitors learned how SGS students develop their identity and leadership and how equity and inclusion show up in our policies and practices. The visitors were very impressed with SGS, especially with how our students embody the mission. On multiple occasions, they remarked on the confidence with which our students spoke about identity and equity. Other visitors appreciated how our students are valued and seen for who they are at SGS.