The Multicultural Resource Center (MCRC) works to educate about social justice and empower students to become better leaders by implementing workshops and programs available to Philadelphia independent schools . “Students appreciate the programs because they are different from their day to day school experiences. We find that the students who typically self select to participate in such programs are often eager participants and usually return to their home schools with ideas on how to implement similar programming there,” said Naté Hall, Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives at Baldwin School.
The MCRC is lead by nine independent schools and is in its 25th year. The Board member schools are The Haverford School, Baldwin School, Agnes Irwin School, Episcopal Academy, The William Penn Charter School, Germantown Friends School, Friends Central School, The Shipley School, and The Westtown School.
The organization provides five signature programs every year which include: a new educator session in August, two critical conversations- this year the topics were student identity (Diverse students shared their experiences and thoughts about issues of inclusion in their schools) and Teaching Tough Topics: Teaching about Racially Charged Current Events at School. This lesson focused on how faculty facilitated and can facilitate discussion regarding topics like what took place in Furgeson, Mo, and in NYC this past year. Last week, it hosted a Middle School Student Diversity Conference for 400 students from area schools at the Haverford School, and in April they will have a session with Amer Ahmed around Muslim stereotypes and bridging multicultural understanding. To find out more about the Multicultural Resource Center, click here.