MICDS Launches Courageous Conversations Speakers and Dinner Series

At MICDS, this year represents our biggest and most diverse student body ever, with more than 30% self-identifying as students of color.  Our students come from more than 60 different zip codes around the St. Louis metropolitan area, and more than 35 different languages are spoken in students’ homes.  Our learning community is much richer because of these many perspectives and experiences.  Ours is a big tent at MICDS, and cultural competency is a must for us all.

The only way to develop the skills of dialogue and cultural competency is by entering into authentic conversations with others whose life experiences and perspectives are different from our own.  It is through dialogue and not debate that we will find a clear pathway to a better future for our city, nation and world.   

At MICDS we are adopting a model inspired by Franklin McCallie,  a strategy for building relationships and understanding across race, conceived by McCallie, former principal at Kirkwood High School. His work has included bringing diverse groups of people together over a meal to learn more about one another.

Franklin McCallie and Felicia Pulliam, a former MICDS board member, Development Director at Focus Saint Louis, and current member of the Ferguson Commission helped us launch our Courageous Conversations series. 

Over the course of the year, we will hear from speakers who will share their thoughts and ideas for how we might come together to build a stronger St. Louis community. We will also host community progressive dinners as a way to get to know each other better and to learn more about how others in our community may experience our city and our society.   

About the Series
MICDS is bringing important voices to campus designed to encourage conversation aimed at improving our community. The programs are free and open to the public.  For more information contact emoore@micds.org

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