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

Sophia Chaudri

Student Leader for Breaking Borders Program | Syosset High School
Pronouns: She/her

Sophia (She/her) is a queer Bengali-American who is currently a senior at Syosset High School. Alongside working with Breaking Borders to counter the social and institutional barriers that separate communities on Long Island, she has organized protests in the region and is an active member of various organizations that aim to produce local change in her community.

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