NEISD Unity Conference
Unity, tolerance, acceptance, and knowledge of other’s perspectives are all concepts that are hard to define, yet critical for success in our world today. NEISD, through the STAN Counselors and the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities, sponsor the Unity Conference (s) each year. The Unity Clubs and Unity Conference are about defining these concepts through action and attitude. The student groups work to remove artificial barriers on each individual campus by promoting activities that bring different groups of people together to achieve a common concern. The Unity Conferences focus on the development of attitudes and leadership that will assist students in the work on their individual campuses.
New ideas blossom at 2015 Unity Conference
November 13, 2015
Theme: “I am Somebody
Unity, tolerance, acceptance, and knowledge of other’s perspectives are all concepts that are hard to define, yet critical for success in our world today. At the 2015 Unity Conference on Nov. 13, approximately 210 students packed into the Piper Bass Student Center. The students represented each high school as they prepared to take part in team-building activities, where they would share new ideas and hear from guest speakers. Led by Oteka Gibson, Director of Leadership Development, the Unity Conference challenged the students to reflect on their beliefs and practices. This dynamic atmosphere helps garner fresh perspectives that will make a big difference at NEISD high schools.
After the conference, each club will return to their campus to plan and implement new ideas that will promote activities that bring different groups of people together to achieve a common concern, in effect changing their campus culture. The conference is sponsored by the North East ISD STAN (Student Teacher Assistance Network) Counselors and the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities organization.
2014 UNITY CONFERENCE
October 30, 2014
Theme Idea: Focus on What Matters
What a wonderful turnout for the NEISD Unity Conference held October 30, 2014. Approximately 30 students per high school were in attendance along with all the STAN Counselors, Unity Club Sponsors and mascots. The conference theme this year was “Focus on What Matters” and it started out with Noel Pompa. Noel has a great personality and got the kids all excited to be there and comfortable with each other. Next, we had Marc Cross from Jordan Ford as the main speaker. He did a tremendous job with teaching the kids about the importance of unity amongst each other and how it plays into the workplace. After the speaker, we had the video team from Churchill come and assist us with making a lip dub to Taylor Swift’s new song “Shake it Off”. It was important for our students to show their thoughts on how to shake off all the negativity that comes their way. We can’t wait to share the video with everyone once the video team puts it all together. Such great team work with everyone involved.