I was asked to speak on a Women’s Empowerment Panel at my alma mater, Campbell Hall High School, for the second year in a row. It’s an annual event for prospective students and their parents from all-girl schools to hear the ways in which Campbell Hall cultivates young women to be leaders both in the classroom and beyond. Last year, when I was first asked to speak on the panel, it was a panel comprised mainly of students from my graduating class (2010). This year, I was the youngest panelist, the women were well established in their careers, some even had children that attend Campbell Hall now. The young woman directly next to me was a forensic scientist for crying out loud. Admittedly, I was a bit intimidated.
[su_pullquote]”I thought it important to highlight that Campbell Hall in many ways helped me find my voice, especially on issues related to diversity.”[/su_pullquote]
I love speaking on panels, especially at my high school because it’s a reflective time for me to connect with my high school self. I thought it important to highlight that Campbell Hall in many ways helped me find my voice, especially on issues related to diversity much to the dismay of my classmates at times. Campbell Hall is a predominantly white, affluent institution tucked away in the San Fernando Valley. I was a little saddened to see that with the exception of select faculty and my mom, there were very few prospective students of color.
That aside, I think about just how much I learned about the world from attending Campbell Hall. See my previous post to read more about that.