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Olentangy Local Schools Presents: The 3rd Annual Conference on Inclusion and Equity Series: "Empowering Student Voice"

In order to achieve ONE COMMUNITY, the 2016-17 equity and inclusion conference event series theme is: "Empowering Student Voice." The most valuable voice in the learning environment is that of our young people. This conference seeks to put student voice in conversation with our district mission to facilitate maximum learning for ALL students. This evening’s conference will feature student keynote presentations followed by expert and student facilitated workshops. Across a variety of topics, sessions will focus on the experiences of our young adults; how these experiences impact their social, emotional, psychological and academic growth; and how to support them on their path to success.        
Click here to REGISTER for the April Event
April 5, 2017
Olentangy High School
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
General Session:  6:00-6:50 p.m. (Sign Language Interpretation Services Provided by Charlotte Lawson)
Opening Remarks by Board President Roger Bartz
Keynote Address:  Olentangy Students Perform!
In keeping with the conference series theme, “Empowering Student Voice,” Olentangy students will entertain, inspire, and motivate you during this general opening session.  OHS diversity liaison and school counselor Ms. Selena McKnight will be your host for the evening as she weaves together poetry, “TED” style talks, and student performances.  We promise, you will be moved as students share what is important to them through the arts.
We are proud to welcome the following students to the stage:
Nishant Medicharla (OHS)
Focus: Fight Adversity, Find Diversity
 Miliana Bocher (OLHS)
"I’m Not Vain, I’m Anorexic: The Misconception of Eating Disorders”
 Halli Lucas  
Hali Lucas (OLHS) – “From Us”
Poetry Reading
Christian Velez-Brown (OHS) – “Blank Canvas”
Focus: Overcoming Cancer and The Power of Positivity
Joce McBurney-Buell (OHS) - "Illuminated”
Focus: Recognizing and Embracing our Hidden Diversity
Olentangy High School Choir will sing "Stand in the Light." 
Keynote Presenter Bios
Miliana Bocher is currently a sophomore at Olentangy Liberty High School.  Her six-month recovery process through anorexia nervosa has led her to learn multiple lessons and pieces of information, one of those being the overall ignorance and lack of knowledge that the common population has on eating disorders. After multiple negative encounters and excessive cringing, she looked to this One Community conference to provide a platform to inform others about the misconceptions of eating disorders, specifically anorexia. As the increase in the internet and social media helps spread doctored images and demoralizing body image concepts, which helps promote negative mindsets about oneself, Miliana finds this topic especially relevant to the modern world that we live in and believes that a basic understanding of eating disorders will improve our society. Outside of actively fighting a mental disorder, her interests include reading, playing my ukulele, and avoiding procrastination in her school work.
Joce McBurney-Buell is a senior at Olentangy High School with plans to continue her education at either Muskingum University or Miami University of Ohio. She intends to major in math education (7-12 grade certification) and study abroad. Outside of school, Joce shows goats and rabbits in 4-H, is a member on the Social Justice Committee at her church and has played softball since third grade. Her passions include writing, learning, traveling, quotes, chocolate and peanut butter (often together).
Christian Velez-Brown is a junior at Olentangy High School. Christian loves music, art, and poetry. He aspires to be a musician, and spread his music all over the world. Christian is a recent cancer survivor, and enjoys spreading awareness. Finally, Christian looks to positivity in order to make the world a better place.
Nishant Medicharla is a senior from Olentangy High School. He aspires to be an Investment Banker attending the University of Indiana, Kelley School of Business and one day hopes to work for a large corporate agency in New York. Nishant is a student athlete, a four year varsity tennis player and a three year captain. He hopes that one day through this advocation for diversity he can bring forth change at a local level.
Hali Lucas is a junior at Olentangy Liberty High School and hopes to pursue a career in business.  Hali spends her time teaching private and group swim lessons at her local YMCA.  Along with teaching she is a part of her schools service club, volunteers at her local cat shelter and other community events.  Her free time is spent reading, catching up on TWD and drinking milkshakes with friends.
In addition to the keynote presentation, participants will also have the opportunity to attend the following workshop sessions (*denotes student presenters are a part of the workshop):
Workshop 1: Student "TED" Style Talks and Essay Workshop* - Selena McKnight (Olentangy HS) 
  • Topics include: Gender & Sports, Immigration, Race & Confidence, Gender & Rock
  • Music, Finding Your Diversity, Gender, STEM, & Disability, and Culture & Self-Acceptance.
Workshop 2: Autism Awareness Panel* - Amy Bixler (OCALI Autism Center)
Workshop 3: African American Male Experience* - Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries (Ohio State University)
Workshop 4: Religious Diversity Panel* - Keith Frase (Olentangy HS)
Workshop 5: Global Cafe, Community Conversations* - Nance Heckman (Olentangy Liberty HS) Heckman 
Workshop 6: Stereotype Threat - Dr. Karen Sears (Denison University) 
Workshop 7: Tackling Critical Conversations with Young Children - Mikela Thomas (CES Teacher & Diversity Liaison) 
Workshop 8: Implicit Bias - Jenna Srivastava (OBMS Teacher & Diversity Liaison) 
Workshop 9: Culture of Affluence - Dr. Dee Knoblauch (Otterbein University) 
Workshop 10: Cultural Competence, Diversity, and Transformative Dialogue - Dr. Deloras
Jones (Nationwide Children's Hospital)
Come out and support these brilliant students and expert presenters as they share with us important messages about identity, diversity, and resilience! 
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