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ISF at the Haverford Middle School Diversity Conference

This year’s Haverford Middle School Diversity Conference focused on the theme “Brave or Blind.” Over four hundred students came together from four states – Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware to meet each other and practice dialogue across difference. In sessions that role-played common scenarios between friends that created racial tension, students were asked to model alternative ways to …

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Teenage Brain: Risks, Peer Pressure & Our Modern World

Being in high school is challenging. I remember the awkwardness and the bigness of the world to my smallness. And in my smallness trying to be big and sometimes getting away with it. Being one of two thousand students in my city high school didn’t help. I wondered if any of the teachers knew my name and I remember going …

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What Do We Say to Our Children?

Many of the images we’re shown these days are of fractures between peoples. The unexpected but unambiguous results of the US election is confronting many of us with the challenge of seeing our own silos, our own lack of interest to hear the pain points and the dreams of others who are different from ourselves. It is a time for …

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Insights from Inmates

Everyone can present themselves well in the right circumstances. The question is, when the human being is at rest, what is our essential nature? And how much does our conviction about our potential and inherent nature depend on those who touched us early on in life? I teach a mindfulness class in a prison just south of town. It’s not …

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Racial Stress & Mindful Spaces

It’s Fall. Back to school. Reconnecting with my teacher friends who have been out on summer break. Most of them hold summer jobs, in part for the extra cash to make ends meet, and in part because teachers just like to engage. They’re “people” people. I was having brunch with one of my best teacher friends. A delightful person, someone …