Members of MBS Community Participate in Widening the Lens Conference

Members of MBS Community Participate in Widening the Lens Conference

On Saturday, November 18, 13 members of the Morristown Beard School community attended the Far Brook School Diversity Conference – Widening the Lens 2023 – which focused on “Community: The Power of Empathy in Action.”

MBS parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and students gathered in small groups to advance the diversity discussion at their school and share challenges, experiences and best practices with colleagues from peer schools. Specifically, Saturday’s conversation focused on effectively building meaningful school communities of belonging.

The keynote speaker at the event was Charles Vogl, an adviser, speaker, and writer on leadership and creating community. His first book – the international bestseller The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging – explored how to grow “enduring, effective, and connected communities” and won the Nautilus Silver Award for Business and Leadership.

Attendees from the MBS community included: Head of School Liz Morrison, Director of DEIB Klarissa Karosen P’26, P’28, Associate Director of DEIB Tahj Valentine ’18, Head of Middle School Alonda Casselle P’27, P’30, Dean of Faculty Boni Luna, Director of the Center for Quantitative Reasoning Rose Costanzo, teacher and DEIB Committee Co-Chair Laura Kirschenbaum, PA Co-President Amanda Fiverson, senior Antonella Ortega ’24, junior Jawaad Travis ’25, alumna Sundia Nwadiozor ’18, Trustee Cory Pine P’21, P’25 and Trustee Penny Sokolowski P’18, P’20, P’25.


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