Communities within Community Gathering Strength

April 29, 2020
Braiding Different Strands in the COVID-19 Period: Communities within Community Gathering Strength

There’s never a bad time and there’s never been a better time to hold a Braiding Different Strands gathering. We hope you’ll consider joining us on Tuesday, May 5, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., to affirm our unity as one Belmont Day community and create opportunities for communities within it to experience the safety and solidarity that can come from being with those who share common experiences, perspectives, challenges, and strengths.


3:30 p.m. – We’ll start this event by gathering all together in a virtual Coolidge Hall where Brendan will provide welcoming remarks.

3:45 p.m. – We’ll then go to one of four breakout rooms reserved for four social identity groups that might benefit from a safe separate space to share feelings, thoughts, and support. These discussions will be facilitated by faculty and community members well-versed in this area.

4:45 p.m. – We’ll all return to virtual Coolidge to share some reflections on our small group conversations.

5 p.m. – Close

Breakout room #1: African-American/Black or Hispanic/Latino parents of African-American/ Black or Hispanic/Latino children
Facilitators: Carlos Hoyt & Sharra Owens-Schwartz

Breakout room #2: Asian- or Asian-American-identified parents of Asian or Asian-American- identified children
Facilitators: Minna Ham & Kim Truong

Breakout room #3: White-identified parents of African-American/Black or biracial children
Facilitator: Leesa Mercedes

Breakout room # 4: White-identified Allyship
Facilitators: Suzanne Caruso & Dean Spencer

You are encouraged to read this collection of short articles that explore the interface of the pandemic and social identity. Doing so will establish a common fund of knowledge that will enrich our conversations. This is not a requirement.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions—

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