Needham’s 6th Annual Diversity Summit
Building Bridges to Understanding
Saturday, November 18th, 2017
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Pollard Middle School
200 Harris Avenue, Needham
What is the Diversity Summit?
The Needham Diversity Summit brings together community leaders, friends, neighbors, and students to explore, foster, strengthen, and celebrate Needham’s diversity – of socioeconomic status, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ethnic identity, and age. The annual event aims to create a network of people committed to creating an equitable and welcoming town and encouraging Needham residents to think in new ways about our evolving community. Listen to NDi President David Summergrad and NDI Board Member Gretchen Cook-Anderson describe the Summit. >>>>
Participant Quotes, 2016 Summit:
"That whole day was one of the best things I've done since I started working In Needham I learned so much. Thank you thank you thank you!"
"Thank you for prioritizing diversity in Needham."
"Thank you very much. Today made me feel better about the world. Thank you so much for the work that you do. It's so important."
2017 Diversity Summit
From Bystander to Upstander
Facilitated by True Story Theater
Are you looking to engage effectively in difficult conversations and, perhaps, intervene and support people targeted by bigotry but don’t know how? Or have you ever been the target of demeaning remarks and actions because of how you are perceived?
The cast of True Story Theater will guide the audience through a series of scenarios --that include role-play and self-reflection—and help them become more comfortable with speaking up for themselves and others.
This workshop aims to teach participants how to shift from passive bystanders to active upstanders in an empathetic and respectful way. We can build bridges and be an upstander, too!
True Story Theater is a nonprofit theater company that offers 50-75 improvisational performances and workshops a year for community groups, businesses, and individuals mostly in the greater Boston area. In performances, volunteers from the audience are helped to share what’s important in their lives. On the spot, actors then portray the heart of what they heard using music, movement, and dialogue. From this simple interaction, people laugh, cry, share fresh insights, and bond.
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2017 NDI Summit Supporters:
Needham Community Education
Needham Public Schools
Needham Human Rights Committee
Needham Cultural Council
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Needham Free Public Library