On 1 February 2018, students from Wheatley’s Gender Identity Sexual Orientation Alliance (GSA) traveled to Adelphi University for its 32nd Annual Human Rights Conference. The Wheatley students attended as both participants and attendees. Students were accompanied by Mrs. Seferian and Mr. Ardito. A purpose of the conference is to encourage mutual understanding and respect among all members of our community, and to explore ways to eliminate prejudice, intolerance, bigotry and discrimination.
One of the eight breakout sessions of the conference was held by five Wheatley students: Michaela Balboni, Ethan Moreh, Emma Melnikov, Steph Clarfield and Lucy Brancaccio. Their presentation focused on the History of the LGBTQ+ Community across countries such as the United States, Japan, Russia and Australia. In addition to this, the students presented on different activists around the world that they thought deserved recognition. These activists included Mamikon Hovsepyan, Xavier Bettel, Tamara Adrian, Ian Thorpe, and Chi Chia-Wei.
The feedback received by Ms. Seferian was overwhelmingly positive and impressed with the knowledge and time put towards the presentation, given their age and other responsibilities.
[Thanks to Michaela for the write-up and some of the photos!]