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The upper school student panel, consisting of members of LIFE’s leadership group and previous Latin in Rwanda members, moderated the conversation.

Sorensen and Cohen have revolutionary roles in the world of medicine, healthcare, human rights, as well as Rwanda. Needless to say, depth of experience granted them many relevant stories to share with the audience, which were provoked by thoughtful questions from Latin students and faculty. It was inspiring to hear how passions for social justice and internationalism manifest in careers. They have been advocates for those who are silenced, and given help to those in need. The conversation concluded with a discussion of what students can do as high schoolers to aid individuals affected by human rights’ violations. It was a wonderful way to conclude LIFE’s 2018 year as it solidified our answer to our biggest question: healthcare is a human right. (Insights by Summer C. ’19, Nick D. ’19, Margo W. ’19 and Anastasiya V. ’18)

In addition to speaking at the LIFE forum, Sorensen visited the International Human Rights Law (IHRL) upper school classes. During those discussions, she offered insight into patterns of government and citizen behavior previous to the perpetration of genocide and crimes against humanity. She spoke of her experiences while working with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. One specific experience that Sorensen highlighted regarded her prosecution of a perpetrator of the Rwandan genocide—Jean-Marie Vianney Mudahinyuka (Zuzu). As Sorensen explained, Mudahinyuka was a genocidaire suspected of murder and rape who escaped to America posing as an individual seeking asylum. Sorensen also talked about the responsibility of the international community regarding lack of healthcare and intervening when human rights violations are committed. The conversation concluded with a discussion of what high schoolers can do to aid individuals affected by human rights’ violations. (Insights by Emma B. ’20 and Eriko D. ’20)

The IHRL students have been eagerly preparing for their ICC trial simulation that will take place next month with the help of human rights attorney and Latin alum, Adam Weber '91. A former prosecutor for the ICC Yugoslavia, Weber offered advice to the ICC pre-trial panel and the individual case teams.

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LIFE Hosts Healthcare and Ethics Forum with International Human Rights Activists, Juliet Sorensen and Dr. Mardge Cohen

Latin’s Initiative for Ethics (LIFE) hosted a lunch forum on ethics and healthcare with two distinguished guests: Juliet Sorensen worked with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and currently is a professor of international law at Northwestern's Pritzker School of Law and teaches about human rights and healthcare; and Dr. Mardge Cohen is a former doctor at Cook County hospital and founder of its Women and Children HIV program, Medical Director of WE-ACTx, an international NGO that provides comprehensive HIV care in Rwanda and currently practices at Boston Healthcare for Homeless. 

The upper school student panel, consisting of members of LIFE’s leadership group and previous Latin in Rwanda members, moderated the conversation.

Sorensen and Cohen have revolutionary roles in the world of medicine, healthcare, human rights, as well as Rwanda. Needless to say, depth of experience granted them many relevant stories to share with the audience, which were provoked by thoughtful questions from Latin students and faculty. It was inspiring to hear how passions for social justice and internationalism manifest in careers. They have been advocates for those who are silenced, and given help to those in need. The conversation concluded with a discussion of what students can do as high schoolers to aid individuals affected by human rights’ violations. It was a wonderful way to conclude LIFE’s 2018 year as it solidified our answer to our biggest question: healthcare is a human right. (Insights by Summer C. ’19, Nick D. ’19, Margo W. ’19 and Anastasiya V. ’18)

In addition to speaking at the LIFE forum, Sorensen visited the International Human Rights Law (IHRL) upper school classes. During those discussions, she offered insight into patterns of government and citizen behavior previous to the perpetration of genocide and crimes against humanity. She spoke of her experiences while working with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. One specific experience that Sorensen highlighted regarded her prosecution of a perpetrator of the Rwandan genocide—Jean-Marie Vianney Mudahinyuka (Zuzu). As Sorensen explained, Mudahinyuka was a genocidaire suspected of murder and rape who escaped to America posing as an individual seeking asylum. Sorensen also talked about the responsibility of the international community regarding lack of healthcare and intervening when human rights violations are committed. The conversation concluded with a discussion of what high schoolers can do to aid individuals affected by human rights’ violations. (Insights by Emma B. ’20 and Eriko D. ’20)

The IHRL students have been eagerly preparing for their ICC trial simulation that will take place next month with the help of human rights attorney and Latin alum, Adam Weber '91. A former prosecutor for the ICC Yugoslavia, Weber offered advice to the ICC pre-trial panel and the individual case teams.

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Fourth grader's poem on social issues

One of the fourth grade classrooms passionately discussed social issues and the impact they have on our world. These lessons stemmed from their yearlong unpacking of identities and coming together as a classroom community. 

In the spring, fourth graders participated in the opinion writing unit, which focuses on understanding how to take a stand, set a clear thesis statement, give supporting reasons, and back up their thinking with evidence.

The first project in this unit was for students to create social issues acrostic poems, where certain letters in each line spell out a word or phrase. This assignment helped students to think about issues going on in their world. They generated their own list and discussed what each issue means and means to them.

Fourth grade's list of important social issues

A list of important social issues generated by a fourth grade classroom with the help of fourth grade teacher Amanda Schirmacher, assistant teacher Ada Tan and support staff teacher Endia Moore.

These conversations were also supplemented with books as well. The issues they chose for their poems were ones that they felt strongly about in this moment–many about animals, as the 9- and 10-year-old brains adore their animals!

Students were pleased to show off their work to a very special visitor, Head of School Randall Dunn, during their classroom gallery walk.

Randall Dunn at fourth grade gallery walk

Head of School Randall Dunn visits the fourth grade's gallery walk.

Then the students dove deeper into the social issues and identified one that they care deeply about, researched the issues, and then wrote a five-paragraph essay on the issue. 

To view more of the students' acrostic poems, browse the photo gallery below.


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Congratulations to Head of School Randall Dunn for being named Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)--a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,900 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including more than 1,600 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.

This appointment follows Randall’s three years of service in the role of Vice Chair and will be a continuation of his nine years of service on the board so far. As Chair, Randall will assume We all take away more than we give. NAIS and the experience on the board allows us to lead and enhance our own schools with a greater perspective and to serve as ambassadors for the value and relevance of independent schools as whole.
Randall Dunn, Head of School at Latin School of Chicago and Board Chair of NAIS
oversight of the board as they collaborate closely with Donna Orem, president of NAIS to forward the vision and mission of the organization, which is to “...co-create the future of education by uniting and empowering our community through thought leadership, research, creation and curation of resources, and direct collaboration with education leaders.”

Randall views this volunteer role as an important learning opportunity for him--and the other trustees. “We all take away more than we give. NAIS and the experience on the board allows us to lead and enhance our own schools with a greater perspective and to serve as ambassadors for the value and relevance of independent schools as whole.” 

In addition, Randall’s leadership role keeps Latin at the forefront of the most important information and trends impacting our students.  

Read more about Randall's appointment in an article published by The Forum, Latin's student-run news publication.

Congratulations, Randall! 

See the full NAIS Board here.  

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Middle school student and a teacher at Origami Club

Middle school students participated in in-person clubs for the first time this year–and they had a blast! With the gorgeous spring weather, the students even got outside for knitting club. Check out the knitting club and origami club!

 
 
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Upper school student athletes on Signing Day

We are so proud of our student-athletes who have committed to playing a sport in college next year!

Eli A. will be playing baseball at Denison University; Peter B. will be running cross country and track at Kenyon College; Molly C. will be on the equestrian team Baylor University; Colin C. will be playing soccer at Wesleyan University; and Blake D. playing golf and ice hockey at The University of Tampa.

Cole F. will be playing soccer and track at Oberlin College; Sujan G. will be playing tennis at Bowdoin University; Anees G. will be playing tennis at New York University; Natalie M. will be playing basketball at Johns Hopkins University; Marianne M. will be running track at Harvard University; Charlie M. will be rowing at Loyola Marymount University; and Bea P. will be running cross country and track at Middlebury College.

Noah R. will be running track at Lewis and Clark College; Ashley R. will be swimming at Carleton College; Matthew S. will be playing baseball at Bates College; Olivia S. will be running cross country and track at The George Washington University; and Ava T. will be playing volleyball at The University of Arizona. Congratulations to our student-athletes!

Go Romans!

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