A group of 6th Form students from Sibford School is heading to the United States next week to take part in an international conference on equality.
The students, who will be accompanied by Sibford Head, Michael Goodwin, have been invited to attend the 19th annual Quaker Youth Leadership Conference which will take place in Providence, Rhode Island from February 4 to 6.
Titled ‘Equality: Past, Present, Future’ the conference is being jointly hosted by Moses Brown, a Friends’ school which dates back to 1784, and Lincoln, an all-girls school founded by Quakers in 1884. Guest speakers will include Liza Talusan, part of the Multicultural Affairs Think Tank at the New England Resource Center for Higher Education in Massachusetts, and Jordan Seaberry, a victim advocate at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Providence.
Michael Goodwin said: “Rhode Island’s conflicted history of religious tolerance and slave trade provides an inspired backdrop against which the students can look back on past and present inequalities and reflect on what will be required to create a more equal tomorrow. They will also have the opportunity to undertake leadership training and to participate in community service at venues including the Woman’s Centre of Rhode Island, which helps victims of domestic violence, and Amos House, a social services agency that provides hospitality and services to the homeless and poor of Rhode Island.”
Seventeen-year-old Bethan Robinson, one of the Sibford students attending the conference added: “Although I’ve been to the States before I’ve never been to Rhode Island so I’m really looking forward to going to a new place and meeting new people. It will also be really interesting to explore the Quaker views of equality and to get involved with real life issues.”
The students, who will be leaving Sibford on 1 February, will be making the most of their journey to the the US and, in addition to attending the conference, will stop off in New York where they will visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History and take in a Broadway Show.