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The Power of Storytelling: Diversity Day 2024

On Tuesday, March 19, Visitation celebrated its annual Diversity Day with a program focused on the power of storytelling. Several students shared personal stories, and students heard from our keynote speaker, Emmjolee Mendoza-Waters, Director of the Death Penalty Abolition Program for the Catholic Mobilizing Network. Ms. Waters elevated the stories of others and told students to "choose others" as they make decisions. 

"If all you do is for your own gain, the world is a scary and lonely place," she said. "If you make decisions to intentionally help others, you will be a better person for your community, and your community will be better, too."

Ms. Waters spoke of her choices to advocate for others, saying, "As a person of faith, as a human being, I believe we have the capacity to change."

Following the keynote, students broke into small groups led by Kaleidoscope multicultural club leaders to talk about their values and what matters most to them, and to participate in fishbowl small groups. After lunch, they talked about what in their stories is important to them, before coming together for the finale of Diversity Day - a performance.

A Panamanian dance group educated students about the culture of Panama and its history, and then performed dances in the gym. At the end, faculty, and then students, were invited to join together to dance with joy. 

Please see photos from the day here: