Diversity Week Addresses a Range of Issues

Villa Maria’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee sponsored a variety of activities for its Diversity Week program. Each day focused on a particular topic, and started with a PA announcement and prayer. Tuesday focused on anxiety and depression; Wednesday on feminism and women’s rights; Thursday on Black history; and, Friday on OCD/ADHD/Bipolar issues.

Diversity Committee members and Sr. Regiuna Ryan, IHM with presenters from Temple University Health, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science.

The highlight of Tuesday’s effort was a school-wide presentation on Understanding Anxiety & Depression in Teens, facilitated by Ruby Barghini, M.D. and Temple University Health, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science. The purpose of the presentation was to raise awareness, remove the stigma, and provide hope by sharing resources to better understand and treat anxiety and depression. It was sponsored by Michael’s Giving H.A.N.D. (Handling Anxiety Navigating Depression), a nonprofit that partners with Temple Health to educate teens, parents, and educators on such topics as anxiety and depression.

There will be a parents-only presentation on the same topic on Tuesday, 2/27 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Thursday night was movie night. The students watched The Help and joined in a discussion afterwards. They also enjoyed some pizza.

Students discuss issues raised in the move The Help.

Diversity Conference with Malvern Prep

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee and Malvern Prep’s Diversity Awareness Club will hold a Diversity Conference at Malvern Prep on Sunday, March 18 from 8:30am — 3:30pm. The cost is $20.00, which includes lunch. Mr. Darnell Moore, an activist, educator, and author, will be the keynote speaker, and the day will include smaller workshops on topics of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

All of the local independent and Archdiocesan schools have been invited. Learn more and register for the conference at www.malvernprep.org/page/campus-life/diversity-conference.