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2017 Widening the Lens: The Far Brook School Diversity Conference

LGBTQ+: Illuminating the Spectrum and Cultivating Pride





Registration is now closed. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please email WTLchairs@farbrook.org. 


The focus of Widening the Lens 2017 is LGBTQ+: Illuminating the Spectrum and Cultivating Pride. The unique structure of this conference invites attending schools to assemble a "pod" of individuals, each of whom can play a role in advancing the diversity discussion at their school. Pods consist of two participants from each of seven constituencies: students, parents, teachers, administrators, diversity coordinators, alumni, and members of the Board of Trustees. Powerful learning and growth happen when we bring together this cross-section of voices and perspectives that exist within our own schools and share our challenges, experiences, and best practices with colleagues from peer schools.

Last year’s inaugural conference was an incredible success. Twelve schools joined Far Brook for, as one participant said, “a wonderful balance of empowerment and inspiration with tangible opportunities to channel that inspiration into actionable ideas that can make our schools and communities more inclusive spaces.” We look forward to hosting our conference participants in this year's important work!


Charles M. Blow is an Op-Ed columnist at The New York Times where his column appears on Thursdays and Mondays. Mr. Blow’s columns tackle hot-button issues such as social justices, racial equality, presidential politics, police violence, gun control, and the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Mr. Blow is also a CNN commentator and a Presidential Visiting Professor at Yale, where he teaches a seminar on media and politics.

Mr. Blow is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones. The book won a Lambda Literary Award and the Sperber Prize and made multiple prominent lists of best books published in 2014. People Magazine called it “searing and unforgettable.”

Mr. Blow joined The New York Times in 1994 as a graphics editor and quickly became the paper’s graphics director, a position he held for nine years. Mr. Blow went on to become the paper’s design director for news before leaving in 2006 to become the art director of National Geographic Magazine. Before coming to The Times, Mr. Blow had worked at The Detroit News.

Mr. Blow graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University in Louisiana, where he received a B.A. in mass communications, and he holds an honorary doctorate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. He lives in Brooklyn and has three children.


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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 6:30-8:00 PM
Evening Discussion for Far Brook Parents
With Dr. Stephanie Sasso 

To kick off our Widening the Lens Diversity Conference, New Jersey psychologist Dr. Stephanie Sasso will lead an informative parent evening on Friday, November 10, 6:30-8:00 PM. Dr. Sasso's presentation will focus on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, the importance of creating environments where students can be their authentic selves, and effective ways to support LGBTQ+ students and families.

Dr. Sasso has spent the past seven years of her practice working with LGBTQ+ adolescents and adults, by providing “…a safe, knowledgeable environment for LGBTQ+-spectrum clients and families…”, and has provided two well-received professional development opportunities for Far Brook faculty this year. Dr. Sasso will also join us for the WTL Conference on November 11, where she will help to facilitate the student group.

Mikki Murphy, mmurphy@farbrook.org
Haruka Mori, hmori@farbrook.org
Jennifer Haakmat, jhaakmat@farbrook.org
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