This week, MBS Middle Schoolers participated in diversity and leadership workshops designed to help them gain self-awareness, understand how their identities intersect, build empathy, and become change agents within the community.
The workshops, which were organized by Middle School Coordinator of DEI Initiatives Michael McGrann, began on Tuesday, November 17 as students divided into teams and participated in a “build the highest tower” activity. Afterwards, MBS alumnus Ian Elmore-Moore ’09 delivered a video address that focused on five different leadership styles — pioneer, champion, influencer, hesitator, and obstructer. He asked the students to reflect on the tower building activity and identify their own style of leadership. He also asked the students to think about how they can influence the culture on campus in a positive way and unite as an MBS family.
On Wednesday, the students discussed the different leadership styles that Mr. Moore outlined in his talk. In a brainstorming session, they also identified areas for cultural improvement on campus.
Thursday’s workshops helped students focus on becoming change agents at School. They articulated a concrete issue or challenge that they would like to improve or enhance at MBS and they developed a roadmap for how to create this change.