Spotlight - Brearley Student

Spotlight - Brearley Student
Posted on 01/21/2020
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On January 13, 2020, The Kenilworth Board of Education recognized Brearley student Stevanie Rhim at its Board of Education meeting. The principal of the middle-high school reported that Stevanie is on a mission; she is determined to break down the barriers of race and ethnicity that exist between young people today, and she is well on her way to achieving that goal.  For the past two years, Stevanie has been an integral part of the Race Matters Alliance, this year serving as a member of the executive board. 

Last summer, Stevanie submitted a written proposal detailing the creation of a videotaped series of panel discussions involving David Brearley students of all races and ethnicities.  She believed that the students involved in the Race Matters Alliance had proven that young people are capable of having mature and productive conversations about difficult subjects that are of importance to them.  Now, she wanted to open the conversation to the entire school.  With administrative approval, she went on to assemble interracial panels of students who she interviewed on two timely topics.

The first two Conversation Matters videos are now posted on YouTube and can be viewed by entering the search term “Conversation Matters.”  The students are excited about this innovative forum that allows them to have meaningful conversations with classmates they might not otherwise get to know.

Teachers and administrators who have seen the episodes have shared that they are impressed by the videos, but are even more impressed by Stevanie’s interviewing skills and the fact that she made all of this happen.  Stevanie has an amazing ability to bring people together and to make them see the things that they share instead of those that divide them. She is sure to make as indelible a mark on the world beyond David Brearley High School as she has made on its students and staff.

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