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Amplifying Voices: The Power of Sharing Personal Narratives to Advance Equity

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 34

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Assistant Director, Educational Services
Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12

Session description

This session will explore the power of personal storytelling in promoting equity and social justice. The presentation will start with a brief definition of equity and its importance in creating a more just and inclusive society. The speaker will delve into the role of personal narratives in promoting equity and showcase examples of how stories have been used to create change in different contexts and highlight the importance of diverse voices in storytelling and the role of empathy, active listening, and vulnerability in building connections among different groups. The speaker will address the challenges that storytellers may face and provide inspiration and encouragement to persevere in the face of adversity. The audience will be encouraged to reflect on their stories and consider how they can use their voices to promote equity and center diverse perspectives. The session will conclude with a call to action and resources around storytelling for equity.

Session specifications

Equity and inclusion
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Mac, Chromebook, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have skilled teachers who actively use technology to meet student learning needs.
For Educators:
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.