In March, the student organization SHAdes of SHA hosted Diversity Week to celebrate the many identities that make up our community. As always, the week culminated in a school-wide assembly; this year’s assembly included a performance by the Tia Russell Dance Company of Woodbridge, speaker Antoinette Brim, and the much anticipated cultural fashion show.
Antoinette Brim, an active member of the art community in New Haven and beyond, shared her poetry and thoughts on the importance of time and the power of saying no. Her work includes poetry, memoir, printmaking, and collage. Music was an important element throughout the assembly and the dance troupe performed a dance based on traditional West African dances to an enthusiastic audience. “They were astounding,” exclaimed one student.
The theme of this year’s Diversity Week was “BeYOUtiful” chosen by students to encourage members of our community to live their lives to the fullest and to be their true selves.