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Often girls of color experience the Independent school space in a different way than their white peers. Columbus School for Girls, The Wellington School, Columbus Academy, & ROX (Ruling Our eXperiences), are collaborating to offer girls of color in Independent Schools (7th-12th graders), a chance to connect, be affirmed & empowered, and discuss the challenges and the joys they face. This Symposium will also offer an opportunity for students to meet and connect with other women of color Ohio leaders. Please register by Friday, February 16.

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Session 1 Options

"Loving Your Skin," Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham: Discover the unique attributes of skin of color that contribute to your brilliance. Explore effective skin care practices to ensure you feel your best as you navigate your journey in the world.

"Knowing Myself, Knowing When to Get Help," Micah Morgan: This session will use discussion and education to empower girls of color to identify what they're feeling, communicate what they're feeling, cope with what they're feeling, and know when and how to get help when they need it.

Session 1 PreferencerequiredYour preferred session is not guaranteed, but we will try to accommodate your preference
Your preferred session is not guaranteed, but we will try to accommodate your preference
Session 2 Options
 
"Dimensions of Diversity - Safely Empowering Us!," Sathu Alagappan: In this session, we will talk about what DEI means and review the dimensions of diversity. This will then lead to an open conversation on how we leverage our diversity and their intersections to empower each and every one of us whenever we have an interaction with others in an inclusive and equitable way.
 
"How To Engage With Your Elected Officials," Sandra López: The goal of this session is to learn how you can connect with your elected officials to ask for change in your communities.
Session 2 PreferencerequiredYour preferred session is not guaranteed, but we will try to accommodate your preference
Your preferred session is not guaranteed, but we will try to accommodate your preference
Session 3 Options
 
"Taking Up Space: Exploring Identity Through Sculpture," Susan O'Connor: We will be exploring ways in which we identify ourselves and how we take up space through sculptural forms created with found objects.
 
"Empowering Young Women of Color: A Creative Conversation on Taking Up Space and Thriving," Stephanie Matthews: Focusing on the unique experiences of young women of color, this session will feature a round table conversation where we’ll explore the theme of self-empowerment and creating space within our communities. Drawing from her career as a professional fashion photographer, creative director, and non-profit leader, Ms. Matthews will share insights on carving out safe spaces for personal and professional growth.
Session 3 PreferenceYour preferred session is not guaranteed, but we will try to accommodate your preference
Your preferred session is not guaranteed, but we will try to accommodate your preference