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Boyz to Men: Black boys in Bermuda (Photograph supplied)

A private school has invited the public to watch a series of seminars on the Black and mixed-races experiences on the island.

Warwick Academy recorded three “equity webinars” throughout October, where staff and pupils’ parents learned about racial identity and the challenges that people of colour faced.

Francoise Palau-Wolffe, the project coordinator, said that she shared the webinars as a way to add to the conversation around racism.

She added: “Although we decided to first offer the live webinars to the Warwick Academy community, we acknowledged from the start that the messages, recommendations and personal narratives shared by the speakers of the three webinars would be general enough to benefit the general public and advance the debate on race-relationships in Bermuda.

“We were comforted in our decision after receiving an overwhelming number of requests from participants to the live events who wished to share the recordings of the webinars with their friends, colleagues and family members.”

The webinars were organised by the school’s Human Rights Friendly School Project, an initiative launched in 2021 as part of a student-led antiracism campaign.

Each discussion included men and women of colour with ties to the school. The webinars saw more than 200 participants in total.

Ms Palau-Wolffe said: “The intent was to explore black and mixed-race student identity and dismantle some of the existing stereotypes around children of colour.”

She added: “When selecting panellists, I ensured that each speaker could bring a unique perspective to our discussion.”

Boyz to Men: Raising Black boys in Bermuda was held on October 5 and broke down the implicit biases and stereotypes that Black boys face growing up.

Black Girl Magic, held on October 12, discussed the panellists’ experiences growing up Black and female in Bermuda.

What About the Mixed Child? was held on October 19 and explored the questions of identity faced by mixed-race young adults, as well as the experiences of parents of multiracial families.

To access the equity webinars, e-mail Ms Palau-Wolffe at fwolffe@warwick.bm.

Black Girl Magic (Photograph supplied)
What About the Mixed Child? (Photograph supplied)

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Published November 16, 2021 at 7:46 am (Updated November 16, 2021 at 7:46 am)

Warwick Academy makes webinars on race available

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