Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Gabrielle Schavran MS, MA

Syosset High School

Gabrielle is a renaissance woman that has devoted her life to education, science, music and social activism. She has graduate degrees in Geology and Education, is a SCUBA instructor and a professional Cellist. At Syosset High School she inspires learning, advocating for student empowerment, introducing stewardship for science, and provides students opportunities for changing narratives that grow past the mono-lens of many communities. She advises the Breaking Borders and the Gender Sexuality Alliance clubs that present educational programs. In summer, she works as a facilitator for Earthwatch expeditions. Lastly, Gabrielle has performed at Womyn's music festivals for over 2 decades.

Presentations from Facing Race 2022

Breaking Borders - Student leadership events addressing systems of power and factors that sustain cultural and socio-economic segregation on Long Island and communities beyond.

In this session Gbrielle Schavran will introduce the programs Breaking Borders has created and participated in over the years. She will then turn the presentation over to the student leaders that will focus on identites and how they intersect with race, ethnicity, cultures and our societal access to opportunities. This is a zoom intereactive session that will address the entire group of attendants and then have breakout groups activites and discussions. We reconvene for a debrief and closing. Sophia Chaudri and Student leaders will facilitate the conversations and activities. Opening activities focus on the multiple identities all individuals value in themselves. These activities open the conversation about personal and societal perceptions and expectations in various communities. Activist programs and ideas will be shared. Break out group activities will involve human barometer statements and discussions that zero in on factors within identities that effect perceptions and misconceptions. Discussions of microaggressions and sense of safety, as well as motivation to get involved in social activism will be explored. Organized activism ideas will be shared.


Speakers: Gabrielle Schavran MS, MA, Sophia Chaudri, Maggie Liu