Middle School Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, Justice, & Belonging Day 2022

Middle School  Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, Justice, & Belonging Day 2022

On Friday, April 15, the 6th, 7th and 8th graders participated in the second annual Middle School Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, Justice, & Belonging (DEIJ&B) Day.  The day’s discussions and activities were planned and led by the Middle School DEIJ group and supported by faculty members and several Upper School students. The goals of the event were to raise awareness about important topics in the life of Key’s Middle School students and to continue to build a sense of belonging for all members of our community.
In support of those goals, the day began with community-building activities and a brief introductory assembly, followed by workshop sessions that were facilitated by students and teachers. The students had the opportunity to choose which workshop they wanted to attend: Microaggressions and Stereotypes; Mental Health Awareness; Gender Equity and Equality; Belonging in LGBTQIA+; and Belonging in Religion, Spirituality and Faith.

At the end of the day, the students gathered to discuss goals and the all-important action steps which focused on how the Middle School can advance their DEIJ work for a more inclusive and just community.  

A special thank you to these Upper School students who helped facilitate the Belonging in Religion, Spirituality and Faith session: Trey Burman ‘25, Evelyn Curran ‘25, Leo Jones ’23, Ava Lecky ‘23, Kat Lennon ‘22, and Aliya Peremel ‘23.

Thank you also these faculty/staff members who helped facilitate the DEIJ&B Day: Keely Fitzpatrick ‘98, Jennifer Ford, Laurel Lennon, Jenifer Moore, Jane Zanger.

The inaugural Middle School DEIJ&B Day was organized last year by Mayowa Akinkugbe ‘26, Olivia Garnette ‘25, Kristopher Granger ‘26, Nyle Green ‘26, Aoife Lennon ‘26, Lara Michaels ’26, Noah Moore ‘25, and Cierra Ploof ‘26. Those dedicated students worked to develop the ideas, led the workshops in 2020-2021, and, for those students still in the Middle School, continued their participation in the extended  group for the important work done in this year’s DEIJ&B Day. 







2021-2022 Middle School DEIJ Group and DEIJ&B Day Presenters:
Top Row (l to r): Shelby Spruill ‘27, Aurelia Mapp ‘26, James Shanahan ‘26, Nyle Green ‘26, Cierra Ploof ‘26, Joie Brewer ‘26, Lara Michaels ‘26, Mayowa Akinkugbe ‘26, Kristopher Granger ‘26
Front Row (l to r): Adrina Banwait ‘27, Leah Holt ‘27, Hannah Ruegg ‘26, Aoife Lennon ‘26, Zailey Tillar  ‘26, Jane Edwards ‘26
Not pictured: Ava Santin ‘27