Morgan Stone Day 2011

The diversity of experiences in education, family, and coming-of-age in a global context.

Workshops | Schedule | Presenters


Water Scarcity Speed Dating!
How well-matched are different water quality interventions with the needs of different communities? Rainwater for Humanity leads an exploration of global water scarcity issues and current efforts to solve the water crisis. Participants will discuss the disparities in access to clean water between developing and developed countries and will take on roles in a strategy game to match intervention techniques with local conditions.

Human Trafficking Around The World
Did you know that human beings are being exploited every day around the world? Even at this very moment and even in this very country. This workshop will focus on human trafficking on a global scale. It will discuss the various forms of human trafficking as well as the initiatives taken to combat this horror.  We hope to leave you with the drive to spread the word in order to provoke serious action.

Be The Change…
We live in a world where the media is everything we base our opinions on, from the wars in the Middle East to how we should look, how we should behave, and how we're meant to be happy. But have we really taken the time to consider ourselves, and think about the expectations we place on ourselves. 'We need to be the change we wish to see in the world' is Ghandi's, but is the change in us?

Additionally, there will be a short presentation on the United World Colleges (UWC) a movement of 13 international high schools, which focus on using education as a force to unite people from all socio-economic backgrounds and equip them to make a positive change in their environment, both locally and globally.

The Culture of Christianity
This session will be on the integration of music and spirituality as it relates to Christianity. We will be discussing different genres of music used in the expression of faith and how the different types appeal to different cultures and generations around the world.

Making a Difference in the Lives of Others
Iraida Williams will lead a workshop based on her work with primarily Hispanic families. These families migrate from a variety of countries in South America, and their perspectives on disabilities are very different than the perspective of Americans. She will discuss the challenges with educating these families, and helping them to obtain necessary services for their children.

From Cambodia to America
Kanthoeun Chhoeuy will describe her journey from Cambodia to Thailand during the Cambodian Genocide. She will describe her arrival in America, and discuss the emotional effects the journey had and still has on her.

An Immigrant's Perspective: From the Middle East to America"
Sterek Zaza was born in Damascus, Syria, and migrated to the United States at the age of six. In her workshop, she will discuss her experience as an immigrant: what she and her family expected of America and the American dream, the reality she faces, and her experience of getting married at the age of fifteen and facing the people around her in high school in America. Sterek will also discuss her experience of being a Muslim immigrant in America, how religion plays a role in her life, and why she has not decided to wear the Islamic veil yet.

Living and Working in East Asia
Ever wondered what its like to live and work in another country? In this workshop we will discuss the experience of a recent college graduate who taught English in South Korea, and learn more about the culture, people, and politics of East Asia.

East Asia occupies an important place in the international arena, and maintains a unique relationship with the United States. In spite of the region's importance, it remains shrouded in mystery to most Americans. For example, did you know that over 25,000 American troops are permanently stationed in South Korea? Our discussion will explore life in East Asia, current affairs, and general cultural information about the region.

Arranged and Underage
There are many ways in which we define a culture. They may be defined by their traditional clothing, cuisine, and their native language. Marriage is another way in which the values and customs of a particular society may be defined. In the United States, marriage is a choice, but in many other countries, it is not. Not only are their countries in which adults are forced into marriage,but where children are also forced into this commitment. How are these two varying views on marriage justified? Is one better than the other? How can someone know which one is best for them? This workshop will aim to discuss and clarify this cultural difference.

To Occupy OR Not to Occupy: That is the Question
To Occupy OR Not to Occupy: That is the Question...and the topic of a workshop and debate that will give students an opportunity to learn more about the issues that inspired the Occupy Movement and the real questions that are individually and collectively being asked by occupiers and non-occupiers. The goal of the workshop is to give students an opportunity to think critically and objectively as they present and hear both sides of the argument, “To Occupy Or Not to Occupy.”

Youth United for Global Action and Awareness (YUGA)
YUGA (Youth United for Global Action and Awareness) is a network of young people around the U.S. that aims to promote global change through understanding, awareness, and action on local and global issues.

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Joan C. Countryman
Girls’ Education in Africa

Joan Countryman retired in June 2005 after twelve years as Head of School at Lincoln, then came out of retirement a year later to head the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. She then served for a year as Interim Head of the Atlanta (GA) Girls’ School.

Ms. Countryman came to Lincoln from Philadelphia where she had been Assistant Head for Academic Planning and Director of Studies at Germantown Friends School and teacher of mathematics. She now serves on a number of boards and is Chair of the Board of Directors of Rhode Island Public Radio. She has received honorary degrees from Bowdoin College, Moore College of Art, and Roger Williams University.

Ms. Countryman grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was the first African-American graduate of Germantown Friends School. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, a Master’s from Yale University, and studied at the London School of Economics as a Fulbright Scholar. She and her husband, Edward Jakmauh, an architect and Principal with Ballinger Associates, live in Providence and Philadelphia. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Alliance for Climate Education (ACE)

ACE is the national leader in high school climate science education. They are an award-winning national nonprofit dedicated to educating America's high school students about the science behind climate change and inspiring them to do something about it—while having fun along the way. They are based in Oakland, California, with educator teams in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, DC, Atlanta, New England, Colorado, Nevada, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

Farzanah Ausaluth

Farzanah Ausaluth is a current civil engineering student at Brown University. She has always had a passion for promoting cultural awareness and diversity, despite choosing to pursue a career that is based on/in mathematics and science. Her hometown is London, England, but she attended the United World Colleges (UWC) Altantic in Wales for her junior and senior years of high school, due to this passion; UWC is global movement to promote peace and equality through education. In her free time, Farzanah enjoys painting and reading and writing poetry.

Kanthoeun Chhoeuy
From Cambodia to America

Kanthoeun Chhoeuy is an immigrant from Cambodia. She fled from her country during the Cambodian Genocide. With the sponsoring of the First Baptist Church in Cape Cod, she was able to migrate here. Many years later she is an established Salon/ Spa owner, and a prominent member of the Cambodian community in Rhode Island. 

Pallavi Dasari
Human Trafficking

Pallavi Dasari is a senior at Lincoln School, where she is a member of 2B1. She enjoys learning about the world and has a passion for languages. She loves to swim, read, and listen to a diverse range of music. She is committed to creating environments in which all people feel welcome and is dedicated to serving her community in any way possible.

Bri Gallo

Bri Gallo is a photographer, an experiential educator, horse trainer and most importantly a Mom. She is the mother of Lincoln Lower School students, Alexis and Lola.

With her last project, Mrs. Gallo traveled to Honduras in Feb and July of 2011. She lived in a small village by the name if Guachipilincito ñ in the Intibuca Region. I went with an organization known as Shoulder to Shoulder to document the opening of their newest medical clinic. The people of Guachi live simply, about a dollar a day. Her experience, in this particular village, as well as neighboring villages, revealed that family ties, personal pride, and community bonds overcame any sense of relative deprivation. Their sense of community is astounding. Their strength and will is incredible and their smiles are unforgettable.

Bri’s vision is to use Photography to help people see through a variety of lenses. To open doors to what is surrounding us: here locally and abroad. We will be looking through these lenses through the workshop.

Zac Lenz
The Culture of Christianity

Zachary Lenz been serving as a pastor in the Providence area for over five years: four as a worship pastor and one as the pastor of a church plant. He studied music with an emphasis on Jazz composition at a university in Florida, but transferred to Zion Bible College and has an undergraduate degree in Biblical Theology. Now, he is just finishing up his MA in Worship Leadership at Liberty University, and while he will always be in full-time ministry, music has always been a part of that service. In addition to leading worship for their church every week, he and his wife, Ashley, also travel around New England with a band to lead worship and work with other worship teams for churches and conferences.

Beginning in high school, he took an interest in recording music and by his senior year, he had begun to produce records for local artists. This "hobby" has ever since been a love of his, and he continues to produce music on the side.

Kethu Manokaran & Alexia Williams
Arranged and Underage

Alexia Williams is a junior at Lincoln School. She is a member of 2B1, as well as the leader of the club Girls Promoting Acceptance. Alexia has a passion for learning, and enlightening.

Kethural (Kethu) Manokaran is a sophomore at Lincoln School, where she is also a member of 2B1. Kethu’s hobbies include playing tennis and the piano, as well as Indian and Sri Lankan dancing.

Dyci Manns
Students as Change Agents

Dyci Manns is the founder and Executive Director of MODEL26, which stands for Making Opportunities by Developing Emerging Leaders and the number 26 for Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Prior to founding the organization, Dyci volunteered and studied in Belmopan and San Antonio, Belize, where she was first exposed to international poverty and education issues. She also interned at Fundación Leer, a national literacy foundation in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2009. In 2010, she spent a month in Finland as the U.S. delegation leader to a CISV International summer camp where she worked with leaders from 11 other countries to develop activities about sustainable development, human rights, conflict resolution, and diversity for children. Her semester spent in Washington, DC as a Progress 2050 intern at the Center for American Progress inspired her to restructure Bookbags with the Basics and create MODEL26. Dyci's first columns about education policies that could positively affect communities of color were published in 2010 by the Center. She graduated from the University of Georgia in May of 2011 with a degree in Spanish. As the Executive Director of MODEL26 Dyci's goal is to encourage young people to use the skills they have to make a lasting change in the world and to fight for education equality and against poverty.

Rainwater for Humanity

Rainwater for Humanity is a collaborative social enterprise initiated and led by Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design students aiming to address the problem many communities have with obtaining access to clean water, which we believe to be a basic human right. By building rainwater harvesting structures and training women to be the entrepreneurs, Rainwater for Humanity harvests rain to improve community health and empower women in the Kuttanad region of Kerala, India.

Valerie Tutson

Valerie Tutson is graduate of Brown University, with a Masters Degree in Theatre Arts and a degree in a self-designed major—Storytelling As A Communications Art. Valerie has been telling stories in schools, churches, libraries, festivals and conferences since 1991. She draws her stories from around the world with an emphasis on African traditions. Her repertoire includes stories and songs she learned in her travels to South Africa, her experiences in West Africa, stories from African American history. In addition, she is gaining quite a reputation for her exciting retelling of age-old Bible stories. She not only delights listeners with her tale-telling, she also teaches workshops and classes to students of all ages, and hosts CULTURAL TAPESTRY, an award-winning show for COX 3 celebrating the diverse cultures around us. Valerie has most recently served as the co Director of the National Black Storytelling Festival in Providence, RI

Claire Andrade-Watkins (Lincoln Class of 1970)
“Hi Neighbor”

"Hi, Neighbor" is a short, "memory conversation", 13'26" and is a powerful "voice" about displacement and those  with the power to displace.  That said, my comments will definitely come from the CV/Fox Point perspective, but I can speak to wider/broader immigrant issues and challenges in the 21st century.

Iraida Williams
Making a Difference in the Lives of Others

Iraida Williams is a Commissioner for Human Rights in the state of Rhode Island, as well as a family support coordinator at the Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College. She has been a strong member of the social services community for over 25 years. Her work with the Sherlock Center consists of transition and advocacy for families who have children with disabilities. Her work as a commissioner consists of educating the public on discrimination laws/issues and to conduct objective investigations of charges filed. 

Youth United for Global Action and Awareness (YUGA)

YUGA (Youth United for Global Action and Awareness) is a network of young people around the U.S. that aims to promote global change through understanding, awareness, and action on local and global issues. YUGA members run campaigns in their schools and communities to get their peers involved in global issues and engaged as agents of change in our world.

Tarik Zawia
Living and Working in East Asia

Tarik is is a graduate of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, and studied law and political science at the graduate level. He is an avid political junkie and spends much of his spare time analyzing current affairs and international politics. He spent a year teaching English at a University in South Korea in 2009.

Sterek Zaza
Muslim in America

Sterek Zaza was born in Damascus, Syria, and migrated to the United States at the age of six. In her workshop, she will discuss her experience as an immigrant: what she and her family expected of America and the American dream, the reality she faces, and her experience of getting married at the age of fifteen and facing the people around her in high school in America. Sterek will also discuss her experience of being a Muslim immigrant in America, how religion plays a role in her life, and why she has not decided to wear the Islamic veil yet.

Reza Corinne Clifton

Reza Corinne Clifton is an award-winning writer, producer, and cultural navigator whose work blends and examines words, music, art, identity and global consciousness.  She has been recognized for multimedia projects that appear on her flagship blog,; for written work and editorial leadership at She Shines, a magazine published by YWCA Northern RI; and for leadership as a young professional and community organizer in Providence, Rhode Island.  In 2011, Providence Monthly magazine named her “Most Musical” and GoLocalProv, an online magazine, called her a "Trender" - both due to her work sharing music and art with the community.

Clifton is also a grant writer, public speaker and trainer with experience on topics like health disparities and health equity, new media trends and techniques, diversity in the media, cultural trends locally and internationally, gender equity, and women’s leadership development.  In 2009 she co-founded Isis Storm, a collective of women who use art and words to empower women and communities through performance, workshops, and media projects.  Clifton is also on the board of Girls Rock! RI, an organization that uses music to empower girls and women in RI.  

Clifton’s work can easily be followed, for she is an active writer and blogger who covers diversity, music, travel, health and women –primarily on and and through various freelance assignments.  She also produces programming for WRIU, 90.3 FM, a community- and student-run radio station based out of the University of Rhode Island, and BSR – Brown Student and Community Radio – an online station broadcast from Brown University.  To reach Clifton, email or find her on Facebook and Twitter.









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