On November 18, over 300 students from different schools around the district participated in Culture Jam, a yearly event held at Ellis.  Ellis students and visitors participate in student-run workshops where they are encouraged to have discussions about various aspects of culture.  Some of the workshops included Interracial Relationships, One-Sided Media, and Representation: the Good, the Bad, and the Nonexistent.  Ashley Priore (junior) and Meredith Scherer (senior) write about the content and results of their workshop.

Priore on Stereotyping Our Schools

  • The main point of the workshop:to discuss the stereotypes between private and public schools and how both are portrayed. How can we level out these stereotypes for future generations? We also discussed equality and equity and the stereotypes related to those. Where do these terms fit into your own school?”
  • Did students have knowledge of the topic? “Everyone who came into our workshops had so much to say about the subject!”
  • Were there arguments? “Our guests had some great discussions and we had casual conversations about these issues. Many agreed with the statement of our workshop, and they were glad we were able to talk about it [and] bring this issue to light.”
  • Favorite comments: “One of my favorite things was a few individuals discussing how our generation needs to be the generation that fixes this issues in the future! ‘We have to help our world be a better place.’”

Scherer on The Dysphoria Simulator

  • The main point of the workshop: “to help educate people who possibly did not know what being transgender means and help them to understand the experiences of people who are.”
  • Did students have knowledge of the topic? “There were many students and teachers who came up to us afterward and said that they had never thought about how they think about gender and how to express that intangible feeling.”
  • Were there arguments? “No one argued against the main statement of our workshop, it was mostly informational.”
  • Favorite comments: “My favorite positive thing was how people reacted once we explained the meaning of the workshop and many people said that we had made them want to research more about being transgender.”