21 Nardin TodayFall 2022 • In the spring of 2022, our Upper School students had the opportunity to attend The Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equity, and Mission Youth Conference at Niagara University. Nardin had 22 Upper School students represent the Academy, and were joined by 11 other local independent, public, and charter schools from across Erie County and Niagara County. Here, students were able to address local and national issues of race while encouraging and working with their peers to engage in dialogue about race and equity. • Peyton Leftwich ‘22 and Charlotte Nelson ‘23 led various workshops that engage other youth leaders in discussions about how race plays a role in goal setting, how race and equity are related, and how justice movements can help youth overcome marginalization and oppression in their communities. • 14 Upper School students attended the Nichols Inclusivity Conference, “The World We Deserve.” The Conference had representation from local schools, with a focus on creating safe, collaborative spaces, and had workshops on mental health, how to develop skills for allyship, climate justice, language, and accessibility and ability. • The Education Collaborative of WNY (EdCo) held a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit in March of 2022. 20 Nardin Upper School students attended along with the other EdCo partner schools. Through conversations and workshops, the students worked together with a focused theme of Health & Wellness as it relates to equity and justice. The participants even spoke to and received a signed book by Buffalo’s Poet Laureate, Jillian Hanesworth. n IN THE Community We are grateful to our students and faculty for embodying and promoting Nardin’s values of Fostering Connections and Embracing All. In 2022, our Upper School students took a hands-on approach in building relationships beyond the four walls of Nardin. Working collectively with their peers across Western New York, they have begun to develop meaningful discussions and actionable solutions on how to build more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments.