Black Student Union Morning Ex

Members of Parker’s Black Student Union (BSU) orchestrated a Morning Ex prior to February Recess, during which Black students, faculty and alumni spoke honestly about their experiences at the school and hoped to broaden perspectives.

Senior leader Tristen Tate welcomed all to the assembly and asked everyone to be respectful as they presented a video featuring current Black students speaking frankly and openly about their personal experiences as students at Parker.

Following the video, junior Payton Pitts, Middle and Upper School Director of Studies Sven Carlsson, former Parker BSU member Geoff Gist ’79 and Intermediate and Middle School Coordinator and Director of Activities Tierra Moore joined Tate to participate in a panel discussion with Weekly Editor in Chief and senior Jacob Boxerman, with each panelist sharing their unique perspective on a range of topics.

After the Morning Ex, Upper School students met in Student Government to continue the conversations. Between the MOCHA MX, the BHM-themed passing music played by the Student Government Music Committee all week and the Black History and Futures Month Documentary Watch Party the afternoon prior, this was a wonderful conclusion to a week of meaningful programming arranged by students.
You can learn more about Parker’s Black Student Union, past and present, in this Parker Weekly article by Boxerman.

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