Lower Merion's first-ever social justice conference, "Speak Your Truth," – formerly the Girls Leadership Conference – is set to take place on Saturday, April 28 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Lower Merion High School. The conference will focus on expanding students' awareness of social justice issues, differences and privilege, and inspire them to act to make the world a better place.
In workshops led by a diverse group of educators, activists and students, as well as through films, performances and art projects, students will explore the role of gender, race and class in many arenas, including sports, the arts, politics, law, and college campuses.
Sponsored by SAGE (Students Advocating for Gender Equality) a club at Lower Merion High School, the conference has several key objectives:
- To create a more tolerant and safer culture at school through hearing the stories of people who are different from themselves – and experiencing empathy and a deeper understanding of diversity
- To raise awareness of gender, race and class issues that impact students' success in school, careers and relationships
- To share strategies to deal with sexism, racism, bias and harassment
- To learn how to be a critical media consumer, an advocate for oneself and others, an active bystander and an informed participant in conversations about challenging topics
- To meet role models who are devoting their talent and passion to help make the world more inclusive and peaceful
Registration is limited to 150 students on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more detailed information and to register for this year's conference, click here.