On April 8, St. Anne's-Belfield School hosted the Virginia Diversity Network's Spring Conference on the Greenway Rise Campus. "Initiating Difficult Conversations" was a full day conference devoted to practical topics related to equality and inclusion facilitated by Idella Glenn, Virginia Commonwealth University's director for diversity education and retention initiatives. In this role, Ms. Glenn brings more than 23 years of higher education experience to aiding campus constituents by providing education and support to create a campus community that maximizes the benefits of a diverse learning environment.
In attendance were representatives from St. Anne's-Belfield School, as well as Foxcroft School, Woodberry Forest School, Christchurch School, Norfolk Academy, Peabody School, Flint Hill School, Collegiate School, Trinity Episcopal School, The Steward School, and St. Catherine's School.
The Virginia Diversity Network's program series is presented in association with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. Each school year the organization offers a variety of workshops and events for faculty and administration dedicated to identity work and topics related to inclusion in our schools, all of which help to promote diversity within individual independent school cultures.