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Citizenship Week 2019: Feminism, Empowerment and Breaking Barriers

By Jennifer Fogarty, communications content manager
Through active, engaged citizenship, members of the LJCDS community celebrate and carry forward the vital work of those who paved the way before us and upon whose shoulders we stand.
The Center for Excellence in Citizenship collaborated with the visual and performing arts and design and innovation departments to host weeklong activities in celebration of the second annual Citizenship Week. This year’s theme was feminism, empowerment and breaking barriers, which corresponded with the 100th anniversary of California ratifying the 19th Amendment (Nov 1, 1919) and the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (Nov 9, 1989).

Citizenship Week culminated with an all-school Citizenship Day on November 7, 2019. Cross-divisional activities engaged students in Lower, Middle and Upper School to work together on artistic endeavors celebrating barriers broken and contemplating barriers still to break. 

Learn more about Citizenship Day here:
Citizenship Week events included:
  • Human Library: Human books, which featured an all-woman panel
  • Screening and discussion of the movie RBG: Post-screening panel discussion with Julie Cohen, the Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated director of the documentary 
  • VAPA art bus: Visit to Barrio Logan’s Dia de los Muertos altars, historic murals of Chicano Park and galleries at Bread & Salt
  • On-campus voter registration drive
  • Berlin Wall virtual reality experience
  • Butterfly Garden planting and mosaic creations
  • No Place for Hate® Leadership Conference: Education surrounding the Anti-Defamation League’s anti-bias and anti-bullying programs to build inclusive and safe schools
  • Voice of San Diego’s Politifest: Public affairs summit to discuss the housing and transportation challenges of San Diego

Citizenship Week 2020 takes place November 2–6 with the theme E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One.


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