Seniors Jordyn Finney, Sierra Bagwell, Lori Smith, Sydney Poe, Gabriella Stripling, and Tess Dunkel represented Woodward Academy at the YWCA of Greater Atlanta's 6th Annual Conversations Forum on Race and Gender.
YWCA Conversations is a program that aims to initiate thought-provoking dialogue and to teach attendees skills that will enable them to promote positive change in their communities. This year's keynote speaker, Sharon "Nyota" Tucker, the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Georgia's School of Law, has been a strong voice in the areas of race and gender biases.
The theme for the 2019 YWCA Conversations was "Change the Narrative." The keynote and small-group activities acknowledged that public narratives about important social and political issues help us understand our place in the world. Because narratives are passed down, they may perpetuate common, yet outdated, assumptions about which voices are important in public discourse. The facilitators charged the student representatives to see narrative change as one of several tools to help them build support and create change around the important issues of racism, sexism, and disenfranchisement in our communities.