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On Nov. 17, Washington Elementary School in Evanston hosted its first evening of “Courageous Conversations”, an evening of open and constructive dialog intended to bring the community together around topics such as culture, race, language, inclusion, and diversity.

Approximately 65 Washington School parents and staff members attended the event, which consisted of small group sessions addressing issues of interest to the Washington community, including building connections across languages, inclusion at Washington School, and the screening of a portion of the PBS documentary “Blacks in Latin America,” in order to foster increased cultural understanding and tolerance in the community.

Washington School Principal Kate Ellison commented that “this event provided a safe opportunity for our community to have dialog around topics important to our families and staff. I was impressed with the enthusiasm, respect, and commitment that the Washington community has towards continuing to strengthen our connected community. I look forward to planning more Courageous Conversations in the future at Washington School.”