This article by Harmony Birch originally appeared April 30 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
BRATTLEBORO — For Mikaela Simms, diversity coordinator for the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union, Diversity Day is about opening up conversations.
“We don’t know what we don’t know,” she said. “In school, it’s important that it’s relatable to everyone.”
Diversity Day has been a staple at Brattleboro Union High School since 1998, Simms said. Eventually, it extended to every school in the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union. This year’s Diversity Day will be bigger and more inclusive than before, Robin Morgan, a Brattleboro School Board member, said. The event will be held Friday, 5 to 8 p.m., on Elliot Street between the Harmony Parking Lot and Main Street.
Though racial diversity is a component of Diversity Day, Simms said the school is interested in encouraging people to be open about different experiences.
Each year a theme is chosen for diversity day; last year it was water justice. The idea that everyone deserves access to water is something everyone can get behind, Morgan said. This year the theme is solidarity.
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