Students Participate in Diversity Conference for Virginia Schools

Eight Norfolk Academy students participated in the Virginia Diversity Network's annual conference at The Collegiate School in Richmond this weekend. Over 70 students statewide from independent schools attended the conference.

Norfolk Academy students, Isaac Ceus ’21, Anaiya Roberts ’21, Sydney Beverly ’20, Ells Boone ’20, Carissa Ferguson ’18, Naomi Mitchell ’18, Erica Washington ’18 and Halle Stoney ’18 listened to keynote speaker, Black Liquid, a Richmond-based rapper/DJ who spoke about overcoming enormous obstacles in his own life and always staying true to one's identity despite social pressures to conform.

In addition, Black Liquid led a workshop on creating a rap from 15 given words and expressions. Other workshops on gender and race were offered during the 5-hour conference.

"I got a chance to communicate," said Erica Washington '18. "It was great to be with other students of color at other schools like ours. They get me!"

The students were accompanied by faculty members, Mr. Warren Warsaw, Chairman of the Foreign Language Department and advisor to the UNITID Club, and Mrs. Jennifer Rodgers, Middle School English Teacher and faculty advisor to the Middle School’s new Cultural and Ethnic Awareness Club.

Link to Virginia Diversity Network website.