Middle School Diversity Summit

2017 Middle School Diversity Summit

Open to students in grades 7 & 8

Thursday, April 6, 2017
8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Hosted by
The Rumson Country Day School

  • Free admission
  • Complimentary continental breakfast & lunch
  • Limit 10 students & 2 chaperones per school

We are excited, this year, to welcome Steve Engel to be our keynote speaker. Steve Engel is executive producer at Engel Entertainment, which brought the multiple award-winning Walk to Beautiful, that won an Emmy for its showing on PBS’ NOVA, to screens all over the world. Mr. Engel understands as well as anyone the power of the arts to change the hearts and minds of people and to encourage them to become activists in the service of other humans and the planet. His most recent work, Lone Star Law and Northwoods Law, air on Sunday nights on Animal Planet. We will screen Walk to Beautiful on April 6 and invite discussion about the documentary.

In addition to watching the film and participating in discussion with Mr. Engel, students will be in workshop with RCDS visual arts teachers Melissa Petersen and Sarah McDermott, with writing teacher Aurea Hernandez-Webster, and RCDS graduate Mariah Stewart, who will talk about her work in conjunction with A Walk to Beautiful.


8:30-9:00 – Registration

9:00 – 9:15 – Welcome (Sharanya and Claudia)

9:15 – 9:30 – Short intro by Steve Engel

9:30 – 10:45 – Movie showing + discussion with Steve Engel

10:45 – 11:30 – Session 1

11:30 – 12:15 – Session 2

12:15 – 12:45 – Lunch

12:45 – 1:30 – Session 3

1:30 – 2:00 – Reflection and moving forward


Art with Petersen and McDermott

Poetry/Writing with Hernandez-Webster

A Walk to Beautiful - Mariah Stewart

Please contact Claudia Volpe at cvolpe@rcds.org with any questions.

Please complete the registration below no later than Friday, March 17, 2017

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