Nearly 200 students from Lower Merion and Harriton high schools spent Thursday, April 4, 2019, learning from each other how to use their voices to bring about change and understanding at the WOKE conference at Harriton High School.
WOKE stands for Wisdom, Opportunity, Knowledge and Empowerment. It was organized by the SAGE (Students Advocating for Greater Equality) organizations from both high schools, who chose topics and formulated workshop agendas on issues such as LGBTQ Rights, Disability Rights, Feminism, Masculinity, Cultural Proficiency, Gun Violence and more.
The conference also featured keynote addresses from comedian Dena Blizzard, who led an interactive workshop to encourage students to speak out, and 6abc's Nydia Han, who shared her experiences that led to her "#ThisIsAmerica" documentary series.
After participating in the day, one student said, "I was so glad to be a part of such an eventful day. I had an amazing time and learned lots. Can't wait to be a part of another one!"
Another said, "Workshops led by my peers were something that was really important. I've been to several conferences for diversity and intercultural things, but this was literally the best conference I have been to! So excited!"
Click below to see a slide shop from the day.