Catlin Gabel to Host Third Annual Tri-County High School Diversity Conference

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Mar 28, 2005

For Immediate Release

Contact: Nadine Fiedler

503-297-1894, ext. 301

fiedlern@catlin.edu

Catlin Gabel to Host Third Annual Tri-County High School Diversity Conference

PORTLAND, Ore., March 28, 2005 — Catlin Gabel School will host its third annual Tri-County High School Diversity Conference, "Tools for Social Justice," on April 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. About four hundred students representing most Portland area high schools will spend the day learning skills for cross-cultural communication. Workshops will be led by Nancy Luna Jimenez, an expert trainer on the subject.

Goals of the participating students, teachers, and school staff members include:

* Creating social change on high school campuses

* Learning how to intervene in negative situations, including offensive jokes, comments, and slurs

* Listening and building relationships across differences

* Taking action as allies

* Committing to becoming culturally competent.

Nancy Luna Jimenez, as principal of Luna Jimenez Seminars, has been training organizations and individuals in cross-cultural communications nationally since 1994. A graduate of Yale University and Ph.D. candidate at the University of California-Santa Cruz, Luna Jimenez has been writing about, receiving training in, and leading others in working towards ending oppression for more than 20 years.

Catlin Gabel School is an independent, coeducational day school dedicated to academic excellence, individualized attention, multiculturalism, and lifelong learning. Situated on a 52-acre wooded campus in Portland, Oregon, Catlin Gabel offers its 700 students an enriched curriculum blending science, math, humanities, the arts, athletics, and a strong sense of community to students in preschool through twelfth grade. The school is fully accredited, and is independently governed by a board of trustees as a nonprofit institution without tax support or religious affiliation. For more about the school, please visit www.catlin.edu.