The Wellington School to Premiere Movie Focused on Racism

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The film is this year’s featured event in the school’s overall focus on diversity and multiculturalism.

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It isn’t enough to just say we embrace diversity. It must truly be part of the fabric of our learning community. A movie such as this prompts valuable dialogue..an important step in enabling each individual at Wellington to feel a sense of belonging.

The Wellington School will host the premiere of the feature film “I’m Not A Racist…Am I?” on September 17 as part of its Enrichment Series. Students in grades 7-12 will view the movie at school, and the film will be shown free-of-charge to the public that night. The movie’s director, Catherine Wigginton Greene, and its producer, André Robert Lee, will lead a discussion following both screenings.

The documentary is focused on the next generation and how it is going to confront racism. The filmmakers brought together 12 New York City teenagers for one school year to talk about race and privilege in conversations many are often too afraid to have. The film’s “take aways” are likely to surprise audiences.

“It isn’t enough to just say we embrace diversity,” explained Head of School Robert Brisk. “It must truly be part of the fabric of our learning community. A movie such as this prompts valuable dialogue, which is an important step in enabling each individual at Wellington to feel a sense of belonging. This is an essential lesson at The Wellington School.”

The Wellington School chose to host the world premiere of the film in large part because embracing diversity is a cornerstone of its mission. The commitment to diversity is reflected in all aspects of school life including:

  • Policies and activities of the Board of Trustees
  • Education and programming for Board members, administration, faculty, staff, students, and families
  • Courses and curricular content that offer expansive perspectives cognizant of diverse points of view
  • Recruitment and retention of a diverse student body, faculty, and staff
  • The provision of support and safe venues for students, families, faculty, and staff to share ideas and concerns

The screening is part of Wellington’s Enrichment Series, now in its fourth year. Innovative and forward-thinking curriculum is developed around compelling topics to encourage, inspire, and support collaboration between faculty, families, students and the outside community. The 2014-15 Enrichment Series also includes a discussion on “Fearless Learning” led by Brisk, and a presentation in April entitled “Teach Your Children Well” by New York Times bestselling author Madeline Levine.

The full lineup for the 2014-15 Enrichment series can be viewed at http://www.wellington.org/enrichmentseries.

The September 17 screening is at 6:30 p.m. with the panel immediately following. The presentation is free but guests are asked to RSVP to events(at)wellington(dot)org.

About Wellington
The Wellington School is an independent, coeducational, preschool through grade 12, college-preparatory day school dedicated to preparing citizens who achieve, lead, and find fulfillment in a global community. For more information on The Wellington School, please visit events(at)wellington(dot)org

For information about the movie “I’m Not A Racist…Am I?” please visit
http://www.notracistmovie.com.

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