MPA Speaker Series 2016-2017

Please join us for the Maret Parents Association Speaker Series for 2016-2017.

debby irving speaker

Racial Justice
Educator and Writer

Debby Irving

Wed., October 26, 2016
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Maret School Theatre

Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White, brings to racial justice the perspective of working as a community organizer and classroom teacher for 25 years without understanding racism as a systemic issue or her own whiteness as an obstacle to grappling with it. Debby now devotes herself to working with white people exploring the impact white skin can have on perception, problem solving, and engaging in racial justice work.

Waking Up White is the book Debby Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As she unpacks her own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, she reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated her ill-conceived ideas about race.

rosetta lee speaker

Diversity Speaker
and Trainer

Rosetta Lee

Wed., January 18, 2017
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Maret School Theatre

Gender and Sexuality Diversity

Gone are days when boys are made of "snips and snails and puppy dog tails" and girls are made of "sugar and spice and everything nice"... or are they? Children are barraged with messages about gender and heterosexual norms everywhere they go — their homes, their schools, the media, and more. Do you know what hidden lessons they are learning? How do gender and sexuality affect everything from boys struggling in school to girls dropping out of the STEM pipeline, from sexual harassment to anti-gay bullying, from eating disorders to plastic surgery? How do parents, guardians, teachers, and schools provide safe environments for positive self esteem, healthy identity development, and acceptance of differences?

Since 2004, Ms. Lee has been a diversity speaker and trainer on cross-cultural communication, identity development, prejudice reduction and coalition building, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills, bullying in schools, and gender bias in the classroom. She has worked with public and independent schools, colleges, and universities throughout the country, and has served on the faculty of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Diversity Leadership Institute, as well as NAIS’ diversity think-tank cadre, Call to Action.