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

Maggie Liu

Student Leader | Syosset High School

Maggie is a senior at Syosset High School that is passionate about racial and environmental justice. She joined Breaking Borders in her freshman year of high school and has helped organize many events. One such event was the Superintendent‘s Conference, where she and other leaders facilitated group decisions about important issues facing their school. She also has engaged in dialogues about race and privilege with students from various schools. She loves to bake and spend time with her family in her free time and she is looking forward to speaking at the Facing Race Conference!

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