Stepping out at diversity week at Greenwich High

March 2, 2019

GREENWICH — Students of the Ailey School moved seemlessly from ballet to jazz, West African to modern dance, celebrating a new culture with each graceful step.

The performance Friday culminated a week of programming at Greenwich High School for Diversity Awareness Week, which was themed “Reimagining Our World: a World of One.” The weeklong series was funded by the GHS PTA and organized by the Diversity Awareness Club.

It kicked off Monday with a discussion of the movie “Hidden Figures” and a dance presentation by the Pender-Keady School of Irish Dancers.

During the week, students had the opportunity to hear testimonies from LGBT volunteers for the Stonewall Speakers, listen to a representative from the Center for Immigrant Opportunity, hear about conflict resolution in Israel by a speaker for nonprofit Jersualem U, among many other topics.

Sophomore Tiffany Zheng screened the movie “Hidden Figures,” and attended the dance performance Friday.

“Students were engaged and they had a lot to say about diversity,” she said.

The performance by the Ailey School was beautiful, and a unique way to represent diversity, she said.

Zheng already has ideas for next year. “I really hope we include a lot more student-directed discussions, a great way for students to take the reins,” she said.