Nurturing Critically Engaged Citizens
Preschool to-Second-Grade Educator’s Diversity Summit

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Diversity Collaborative (GPDC) and hosted by The School in Rose Valley

We invite you to join us for a full day of discussion and exploration around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusivity geared towardeducators of children in preschool through second grade.

We’re excited to welcome University of Pennsylvania professor and best-selling author, Dr.Howard Stevenson and Erica Snowden, Lower School Dean of Students at Greene Street Friends School and a contributing author of The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys as our keynote speakers.

Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their peers while exploring issues of diversity as it relates to their world.
The goals of the day are:

  • To address why it is important to start discussing diversity, social justice, and equity in schools as early as possible
  • To empower attendees with various proactive, engaging, and age-appropriate tools for the classroom that address the authentic diversity of our world, and help strengthen behaviors that uphold its value
  • To provide opportunities for discussion, sharing, and support


Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote – Dr. Howard Stevenson

Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, in the Human Development & Quantitative Methods Division of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Stevenson is Executive Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC), a research, program development, and training center that brings together community leaders, researchers, authority figures, families, and youth to study and promote racial literacy and health in schools and neighborhoods. He is also the Director of Forward Promise, a national program office funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to provide philanthropic support for organizations designed to improve the health of boys and young men of color and their families and to help them heal from the trauma of historical and present-day dehumanization, discrimination, and colonization. Since 1985, Dr. Stevenson has served as a clinical and consulting psychologist working in impoverished rural and urban neighborhoods across the country.

His recent best-seller book, Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference, is designed to reduce racial threat reactions in face-to-face encounters.  

Click here for more information on Dr. Stevenson’s career.


Closing Keynote – Erica Snowden


Erica Snowden is an educator with over 15 years of experience within the Friends Schools network. Currently, she is the Lower School Dean of Students at Greene Street Friends School in Philadelphia. She serves as the Diversity Clerk; promoting social justice and race-based conversations within affinity groups. Erica is a facilitator and cofounder of the middle school racial affinity groups at GSFS. An alumna of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, she presented at the University of Pennsylvania Ethnography Conference, and other conferences for ADVIS, NAIS, and the Cultural Competency Institute. Erica is also a contributing author for The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys.


About the GPDC

The Greater Philadelphia Diversity Collaborative (GPDC) was formed to support local area educators in providing early childhood, elementary and middle school students the age-appropriate guidance and education required to navigate issues of difference, social justice and equity in and around the classroom in healthy ways. We accomplish this by sharing resources, materials, ideas, curricula, events, speakers, professional development, and career opportunities. Our ultimate goal is to collaborate in support of our students and staff and to promote healthy, socially conscious, and culturally responsive school communities by keeping initiatives of difference, social justice and equity at the forefront of our respective schools’ view.

Learn More About Our Member Schools: Children’s Community School, Community Partnership School, The Crefeld School, Frankford Friends School, Greene Towne Montessori School, Goshen Friends School, The Miquon School, Plymouth Meeting Friends School, The Quaker School at Horsham, St. Peter’s School, The School in Rose Valley, and United Friends School.


The School in Rose Valley

The School in Rose Valley is a progressive school for children in preschool through sixth grade. In our classrooms and our wooded campus, teachers and students create experiences that arouse curiosity, stretch muscles, strengthen initiative, and stimulate questions. We guide children to know themselves, to delight in learning, and to understand their opportunities and responsibilities in our community and the world. Situated on 9.5 acres right outside of Media, PA, SRV is easily accessible from Philadelphia, Wilmington, and the surrounding suburbs.