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High School Student Activists Hold Conference
High School Student Activists Hold Conference

Members of the SAGE (Student Activists for Greater Equality) clubs of Harriton and Lower Merion High Schools collaborated on a full-day virtual conference for their fellow students on Friday, April 9, 2021.

The conference theme was "Everyday Activism." Keynote speakers were disability rights activist Judith Heumann and Philadelphia City Council member Helen Gym. Both speakers shared details of their personal journeys toward activism along with advice about concrete action steps that students can take to further causes about which they are passionate.

SAGE leaders also facilitated a series of workshops on a variety of topics, including:

  • Reproductive Rights Outside of Abortion
  • The Disability Rights Movement
  • Speak WITH Us, Not for Us
  • Address and Express: A Guide to Communication
  • Not Just a Label: Tokenism
  • It Starts with You: How to Start a Movement
  • Give Me a Break! Self-care for Activists

Nearly 100 students representing both high schools took part.

SAGE is a club that promotes awareness, discussion and advocacy about social justice issues, such as gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, race, ethnicity, class, disability, sexism and sexual violence. The club sponsors are Ms. Laura Stiebitz at Lower Merion High School and Ms. Andrea Wilson-Harvey at Harriton High School.

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