From Being an Ally to Changing the World

By Sanjana, 6th grade

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On March 14, six TPS students had the opportunity to attend the Middle School Diversity Conference at the Haverford School. Our experience there was amazing.

We heard from the extraordinary speaker, Dr. Rodney Glasgow. He spoke to us about the conference’s theme: kinship and friendship. We heard about how he was bullied in middle school, and how being a bully taught him an important lesson. He told us about what it meant to be an ally, and shared stories of allies in his own life. We experienced his memories as if they were our own. Then he invited students up to tell their stories. We heard about how other kids were bullied by classmates and even teachers.

That was only the beginning though. The day that followed was just as moving. We gathered in groups and we discussed issues of diversity at our schools. It was interesting to hear about every person’s experience. A lot of people shared how their school “brushed problems under the rug,”; how they would ignore it when their students were being bullied; or how they are trying to make a change. It made me think how lucky I am to go to a school that talks about these issues and where every voice is heard.

We also heard from Homa Sabet Tavangar, who told us about global citizenship. She reminded us of our power to be an ally. She gave us a role model, Greta Thunberg, the 16 year old climate change activist. We talked about issues we were passionate about and how we could be like Greta.

We learned a lot, from being an ally to changing the world.