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Guest speaker Jason Craige Harris on stage presenting

Photo Gallery: FIRE Conference 2023

Lake Forest Academy’s annual FIRE (Fostering Intercultural Respect and Engagement) Conference was held on Saturday, February 25 and welcomed local students and teachers to join in a full day of events learning about multiculturalism and inclusivity.

Attendees included students, faculty, and staff from LFA, as well as Stevenson High School, Carmel Catholic High School, and Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.

The conference, which centered around the theme “Meeting in the Middle,” included two guest speakers: Jason Craige Harris and Dr. Rami Nashashibi. Their sessions focused on building and maintaining relationships and how to approach conversations with curiosity and an open mind.

In between the speakers, student attendees went into smaller breakout groups, where they participated in group discussions and simulations. These discussions and simulations were designed and led by LFA student leaders, and they covered how to handle a variety of sensitive topics and how to navigate situations to find a common ground. Faculty and staff attended a 90-minute professional development session with Craige Harris, focusing on developing tools for fostering communities of growth and inclusion.