In Harmony to Make Social Change

Elementary Student Senate members participate in conference

Lakehead Public Schools Elementary Student Senate members learned in Harmony on Thursday, February 2 and Friday, February 3.   The students participated in the Harmony Movement’s Social Changemakers Leadership Program (SCLP) where they worked together to become more effective advocates, allies and leaders for social change. The Elementary Student Senate members are led by Student Trustee Robyn Sulkko and a number of other secondary school student facilitators.

“We were pleased and excited to offer this incredible training opportunity through the Harmony Movement to the members of our Elementary Student Senate,” says Student Trustee Robyn Sulkko, Lakehead District School Board. “The program will be extremely exciting for the participants and is focused on the development of leadership skills in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion.”

During the two-day training session, the Student Senate and their secondary school counterparts focused on the following agenda items:

  • Identity
  • Diversity
  • The Language of Equity
  • Media
  • History
  • Bullying, Conflict and Discrimination
  • Leadership and Advocacy

The Elementary Student Senate is a new student leadership initiative that was initiated to strengthen student leadership in elementary schools. Each elementary school is represented by two Grade seven and eight Student Senate Members.   The Lakehead Public Schools Elementary Senate guides senior elementary students by providing them with tools and support in working toward their chosen initiatives. In addition, this senate will provide an easy transition from elementary school to high school by keeping students engaged at both levels.

Harmony Movement provides interactive diversity and equity education programs that empower and inspire youth, educators and those in the social service sector to develop an equity lens, empathy, respect, and leadership skills as leaders for social change. Harmony Movement encourages critical thinking, courageous conversations and strategy building to address and take action against stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, racism and other forms of oppression.   For more information, visit http://www.harmony.ca.

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