Nearly 500 Lower Merion High School students were in attendance at the Council for Racial Equity & Inclusion's (CREI) recent end-of-the-year Summer Kickoff event – a fun-filled afternoon bringing together the multifarious communities that exist within school clubs in order to recognize achievements, celebrate diversity and encourage greater levels of inclusivity and accessibility for all students.
The afternoon also featured live musical performances from a pair of student bands - one of which was named "Lights on Arnold Field" - and an Activities Fair with nearly three dozen club booths setup for attendees to learn more about Lower Merion's full menu of extracurricular offerings.
One of the highlights of the afternoon were the remarks provided by guest speaker Reverend Dr. Charles Howard, who serves as the Vice President for Social Equity & Community at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Howard delivered an inspiring and impassioned speech about using peace and positivity to push back against fear and prejudice; recognizing, appreciating and celebrating diversity and multiculturalism; and the critical work of social activism. Dr. Howard lauded LMHS students for their dedicated efforts to foster a more tolerant, welcoming and peaceful world.
A group of LMHS student leaders formed CREI after noticing a discrepancy between school's number of students of color relative to their participation in clubs and activities. Since the beginning of the school year, CREI has worked alongside Lower Merion clubs and teams to discuss inequities within the school culture and how club leaders can help be part of the solution to this problem. CREI's mission is to bolster, uplift and broaden opportunities for all in order to foster a more inclusive and accessible environment for every student.