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Dignity Summit

Dignity Summit
Dignity Summit

Edgewood High School engaged in a Dignity Summit on Tuesday, March 12, facilitated by 60 students in grades 9-12. The whole student body participated in grade-level sessions to strengthen the school’s culture in ways that would honor the dignity of every member of the EHS community.

Acknowledging that human beings do sometimes violate each other's dignity, students watched a brief video created by members of Focus Club that challenged hurtful assumptions and stereotypes. They also read an excerpt by international Dignity consultant Donna Hicks, and worked to name, claim, and stop incidents that lead to dignity violations.

The student facilitators helped to spark serious small group conversations among their peers, and encouraged those who were more quiet to share their opinions and experiences. A number of the table leaders expressed appreciation for the administration’s initiative in organizing the summit, saying that though they recognize this is only a beginning, it feels important and promising in advancing the causes of inclusivity, diversity and creating a comfortable space for all.  

"Watching our 60 student facilitator in action-- well over 10% of our student body-- was inspiring," said Principal Beth Steffen. "They built community, fostered conversation, and worked for a culture of mutual respect and accountability among their peers.  That is powerful leadership!"