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"Celebrating the Diverse Voices of Women" During Inclusion Week

This year's theme for Inclusion Week, which will take place April 12-15, 2021, is "Celebrating the Diverse Voices of Women. Inclusion Week is a celebration of diversity and raising awareness of the importance of equality and inclusion at The Hill School.

According to The Rev. Khristi Adams, Hill's Firestone Endowment Chaplain & Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, the theme was chosen "because women of color have been at the forefront of change in our society and specifically, in our Hill community."

"We'll set aside this week to highlight those voices - within and outside of the Hill community - and center their stories," remarked Adams. "Throughout the week we will provide a range of programs, events, and activities that aim to stimulate productive conversations around inclusion within our community."

Below is a listing of the programs that will take place during the week. 

All week: @hilldiversity on Instagram will be highlighting Hill alumnae women of color who are making their mark on the world! 

Monday, April 11

Chapel Speaker: Dr. Sylvia Rodriguez Vargas, Associate Headmaster
Celebrating Inclusion Week and remembering that there is strength in unity and the experiences of women. 

Navigating Society & the Workplace as a Woman of Color: Instagram Live Conversation w/ Ms. Gabriela Gomez, Hill Instructor of World Languages
Join us on The Hill Diversity Instagram page (@hilldiversity) at 8:30 p.m. for a special conversation with Ms. Gabriela Gomez about her personal journey and how she has navigated being a Latina woman in society.  

Tuesday, April 12

All-School Speaker Sahra Ngyun, founder of Nguyen Coffee Supply
In 1980, Sahra Vang Nguyen's parents escaped Vietnam by boat. When they eventually got sponsored to come to the United States, her father started a floor sanding business and her mother, a laundromat. Now an artist, creative producer, and entrepreneur, Nguyen uses poetry, paint, and film to see through her personal mission of representing to the rest of the world the stories of her own community. “I am a storyteller," said Nguyen." I make the invisible seen, heard, and felt." As a keynote speaker at Universities and conferences, Sahra speaks on a range of topics including Asian American issues + identity, pursuing a non-conventional creative career, the power of media + storytelling, and expanding the human potential beyond stereotypical ideas of success. 

Wednesday, April 14: 

840 Worship w/ Guest Speaker Mrs. Jade Johnson, Assistant Director of College Counseling
“Sometimes things happen that leave us speechless. Things just like what we are faced with right now! We don’t know what to say. We don’t know what to pray, but we know we need help, spiritual help. Spend a few minutes reflecting on a few thoughts during 840 Worship every second and fourth Wednesday.” 

Thursday, April 15: 

Navigating Society & School as a Young Woman of Color: Instagram Live Conversation w/ Sasjha Mayfield, Co-President of the SGA
Join us on The Hill Diversity Instagram page (@hilldiversity) at 8:30 p.m. for a special conversation with Sasjha about her personal journey and how she has navigated being a young Black woman in society.

Friday, April 16: 

Netflix Watch Party of Knock Down the House
Knock Down the House is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Rachel Lears. It revolves around the 2018 congressional primary campaigns of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin,  who ran in that year's midterm elections