Thirteen new Upper School students were inducted into the Student Diversity Leadership Council on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. The annual ceremony featured a celebration of youth activism, highlighting the work of three organizations for young people of impact.
Rosana Guernica, and many other students at Carnegie Mellon University, delivered 16,000 lbs of supplies and helped to evacuate about 60 people in Puerto Rico in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Through this project, run entirely by students, hundreds of people affected by the natural disaster have been helped.
Charlene Carruthers is the national director of the Black Youth Project, a member-led organization of 18-35 year olds dedicated to fighting for justice, equality, and freedom for all people. Through educational think pieces, speeches and presentations given by members, and other forms of hands on activism, the organization has made a mark on thousands of people nationwide.
Grassroots Leadership is a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization based in Austin, Texas. Historically, the organization has been dedicated to a resource and training center for civil rights organizations building throughout the southern United States. Currently, Grassroots Leadership, in addition to guiding other organizations, funds research and promotes public education throughout Texas. Their most recent project has been helping to build a more effective and efficient prison system to return focus to rehabilitation of prisoners.
New members of the Parish Episcopal School Student Diversity Leadership Council are Ashley Awad, Kara Eisenstat, Yorgin Flores, Melany Gonzalez, Audra Grays, Alana Grissom, Sophie Kate Guillory, Logan Krohn, Yousuf Nadir, Sahair Patel, Natalie Pham, Robert Roseman, Mia Shroyer, Viv Verges, Muaz Wahid, and Rafay Wahid.