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Educational staff attend conference on inclusion and diversity

Hosted by the American International Schools in the Americas (AMISA), the conference offered counselors, teachers, and coordinators workshops and simulations of real school situations

On September 8 and 9, the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Committee at School of the Nations took part in a conference sponsored by AMISA. Entitled “Intercultural Competence - Reshaping the Concept of Diversity to Drive Belonging and Inclusion in AMISA Schools,” the conference was hosted by diversity and inclusion consultant and strategist Dr. Derrick Gay.

During the two-day conference, our team explored concepts of diversity and inclusion in schools, studied real student situations, engaged in simulations, and developed practical solutions. The workshop engages professionals in creating plans and strategies to ensure institutional improvement by providing guidance and problem-solving skills to help integrate these values into the School’s vision and mission.

According to Early Childhood Counselor, Ms. Hannah Lampert, the conference was important because it showed the team new paths regarding diversity, inclusion, and tolerance. For her, the event was enriching because it gave participants more confidence in facing new challenges.

It is essential to let go of personal beliefs based on one’s own life stories to study and reformulate concepts such as diversity, and inclusion, among others. It was amazing to share experiences with members from other schools. It's good to see that they also deal with issues similar to those we go through. The event was enriching, enlightening, and motivating.

For music teacher Jânsiley Carvalho, also a member of the Equity, Inclusion, and Justice committee, the experience was no different. For him, the event was important because it helped the team see what inclusion means in the day-to-day routine of a school day and how to work together in a more integrated way.

We realized that working more closely together makes solving sensitive issues easier. The conference showed me a range of possibilities for understanding students. Sometimes, as a teacher, I may not always know how to solve a situation or be tempted to take hasty actions. However, I can always sit down with my coordinator, counselor, or principal to address the issue and, together, help our community grow.



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