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Saturday, October 28 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
BBF Unbound: Defining Diversity

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Twenty-four students from Lowell High School in Massachusetts set out to understand the meaning of diversity and equity in America. They wrote Defining Diversity, a book of essays, charting a concise journey through a century and a half of seminal moments in American history. The students’ hope is to help peers across the country understand key ideas, federal laws, constitutional amendments, and Supreme Court decisions that have shaped our society. Defining Diversity has special resonance—Lowell High was the first integrated high school in the U.S.—open to all from its founding in the 1830s. Today, it is one of the most diverse in the nation with students from sixty-six countries across five continents. Defining Diversity has been shared with schools in all fifty states. Teacher Jessica Lander, author of Powerful Partnerships and Driving Backwards, will be accompanied by her students Carla Duran, Monineth Hang, Jackson Kokeh, Onotse Omoyeni, Sam Ramsden, and Stephane Silva. The student authors will speak about writing the book and their ideas about engaging young people in conversations about diversity and equity. Lecturer, documentary filmmaker, and diversity champion Teja Arboleda will host this inspiring session about engaging young people in our democracy.


Moderators
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Teja Arboleda

Teja Arboleda is a man of many ethnicities who has made it his life’s work to champion diversity in his lectures, teaching, books, and documentaries. Arboleda, who is himself African-American/Native-American-Filipino-Chinese and German-Danish, grew up in Japan, lived in Germany, and has settled in the United States. Since 1992 he has advocated for diversity and inclusivity through his company Entertaining Diversity, where he is president and creative director. He is an Emmy Award-winning producer and director who directed Crossing the Line: Multiracial Comedians (2008) and Model Minority: Do the Math (2013) for PBS. He is the author of several books for adults and for children, including The Shadow of Race (1996), Jeni So Many (2013), and Mixed Feelings; Mixed Feelings: An Illustrated Guide for Biracial and Multiracial Kids and Their Families (2016). His latest publication is In the Shadow of Race . . . Again, in which Arboleda mines his experience and revisits the themes of The Shadow of Race twenty years... Read More →
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Jessica Lander

Jessica Lander is a teacher and writer living in Cambridge. Over the past six years, she has taught students in middle grade, high school, and university in the United States, Thailand, and Cambodia. As a practicing journalist, she writes op-eds about education policy for the Boston... Read More →

Presenters
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Carla Duran

Carla Duran is a sophomore at Middlesex Community College. She likes to help others and her community. She hopes to run for political office in Massachusetts and to work in civil rights law. Carla immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic in 2014... Read More →
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Monineth Hang

Monineth Hang is a junior at Lowell High School. She immigrated from Cambodia when she was fourteen years old. She is interested in computer science and hopes to make the world a better place.
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Jackson Kokeh

Jackson Kokeh is a freshman at Middlesex Community College. He dreams of helping people and making a difference in his community. Jackson immigrated to the United States from Liberia in 2013.
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Onotse Omoyeni

Onotse Omoyeni is a freshman at Howard University, where she is studying English, political science, and Arabic. She has spent her life practicing the art of the in-between, learning to build the bridge between the Yoruba tongue spoken by her father and her mother’s Lebanese heri... Read More →
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Sam Ramsden

Sam Ramsden is a freshman at Fitchburg State University. She loves activism work and hopes to be an LGBT activist in the future. Ramsden works for an LGBT organization called History Unerased.
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Stephane Silva

Stephane Silva is a freshman at Bay Path University. She is a dreamer and wants to help as many kids as possible in the future. Silva came from Brazil in her freshman year of high school.


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
BPL Orientation Room 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA