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Brizendine Visiting Scholars Program

The Brizendine Visiting Scholars Program was established in June 2007 as an endowed fund to honor Marin Academy’s Head of School from 1995 to 2007, Bodie Brizendine. Its goal is to bring a university professor or other accomplished specialist to work with MA students and faculty members in order to enhance the community’s understanding of and appreciation for a particular field of study. The program rotates through the academic departments of the school, and is coordinated by Derek Anderson, Head Librarian and History Teacher.
    • Brianna Booth, Ph.D.
On Monday, April 23rd the class of 2018 will have the privilege of working with our Brizendine Visiting Scholar, Brianna Booth, Ph.D. in Human Sexuality and Director of Positive Sexuality, Design and Development in Stanford University’s Office of Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse Education & Response.

Compelled by a deep belief that we as a society can do better on the challenges of sexuality, Brianna aims to transform the cultural conversation to more fundamentally level-up on both the challenges and possibilities of sexuality. Building on these frameworks, Brianna works with first-year and transfer students at Stanford to create a series of programs for undergraduates, Beyond Sex Ed, which focus on the importance of sexuality education in a whole-person, whole-culture approach. Brianna will help us to better prepare our students for the next chapter in their lives. She will be accompanied by several storytellers who are current and recent graduates of Stanford.
    • Matthew Szemela

Brizendine Visiting Scholars Chamber Music Workshop and Concert

Workshop: Friday, March 9 at 8:00 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center
Concert: Tuesday, March 13 at 1:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center
As part of this year's Brizendine Visiting Scholars program, we are thrilled to welcome Bay Area violinist Matthew Szemela for a workshop and a lunchtime concert. Matthew, who plays a six-stringed electric violin, is at home in both the classical and contemporary worlds of violin playing. During the workshop, he will share how he acquired his unique instrument, the technology behind it, and talk about his life as a traveling musician of various styles. At the lunchtime concert on March 13, Matthew will perform Vivaldi's "Spring" and mix it with contemporary improvisational introductions, supported by the MA string ensemble: our Chamber Gladiators joined by Chamber Music teachers Laura and Karsten, Evie Koh from Admissions on the solo cello, and Nadav Skloot ‘18 and Harry Barker-Fost '18 from the Contemporary Music program.
As part of this year's Brizendine Visiting Scholars program, we are pleased to present the SF Bay Area Health Educator Summit for High School Educators on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Unlike many academic departments in high schools, health educators often stand alone as islands, charged with educating our youth on critically important topics but with little support or networks to lean on. It is our goal to create a space for high school health educators around the Bay Area to share information, expertise and resources with one another. Our hope is that this health educators’ summit is the beginning of an ongoing conversation and partnership.

The Summit features our esteemed speakers and presenters below. For further information and to register, please visit the Eventbrite page here.

SF Bay Area Health Educator Summit for High School Educators

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  • Keynote Speaker

    We are thrilled to welcome keynote speaker Brianna Booth, Ph.D. in Human Sexuality and Director of Positive Sexuality, Design and Development in Stanford’s Office of Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse Education & Response. Compelled by a deep belief that we as a society can do better on the challenges of sexuality, Brianna aims to transform the cultural conversation to more fundamentally level-up on both the challenges and possibilities of sexuality. Building on these frameworks, Brianna works with first years and transfer students to create a series of programs for undergraduates--Beyond Sex Ed--centering on student storytelling, the skills for growth and connection. As our keynote, Brianna will discuss the importance of sexuality education in a whole-person, whole-culture approach. Brianna will help us to better prepare our students for the next chapter in their lives. Please come learn alongside us!
  • The latest on marijuana education with Ralph Cantor

    Ralph Cantor recently retired after 25 years as a teacher and counselor and 13 years as the Coordinator for Drug, Alcohol and Violence Prevention for the Alameda County Office of Education. He holds master’s degrees in teaching, counseling and school administration. Ralph leads presentations and workshops on the following topics: marijuana awareness and drug prevention education for practitioners (teachers, counselors, community-based organization personnel) working with youth in schools; marijuana and drug prevention education for teens; and parent presentations on drug and alcohol abuse prevention for their children and communities. He is now in private practice working with youth, parents, and faculty doing drug and alcohol prevention work.
  • Teaching effective affirmative consent education for teens with Shafia Zaloom.

    Shafia Zaloom is currently a Health Educator at the Urban School in San Francisco. A teacher in the Bay Area for 25 years, the focus Shafia’s work is on human development, healthy communities, ethics and social justice. Most recently, she was the keynote speaker on consent education in K-12 schools for the NAIS Annual Conference, Schools and Sexuality Symposium. Shafia has published high school curriculum guides for film; the documentary, The Hunting Ground, which examines the epidemic of sexual violence on college campuses; SOLD, a film about the sex trafficking of young girls in India and Nepal; and Trapped, a documentary film about U.S. reproductive health clinics, the impact of TRAP laws, and the 2016 Supreme Court Case: Whole Women’s Health vs. Hellerstedt. Shafia was also an educational consultant on the curriculum guide for the documentary film, Audrie and Daisy, which is about the sexual assault, social media exploitation, and resilience of teen sexual assault survivors in high school.
  • Unmasking: Exploring Identity and Building Strong Connections with Teens with Ashanti Branch

    How can we strengthen our emotional connection with teens? As teenagers learn healthy ways to deal with their own emotions, they confront harmful messages of masculinity and femininity that affect them in negative ways. Ashanti Branch will discuss ways to combat these messages and help young people remove their masks. Ashanti started The Ever Forward Club in Oakland in 2004 to provide support for African American and Latino males who were not achieving to their potential. Ever Forward was featured in the documentary, The Mask You Live In, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.  Ashanti completed a fellowship at the Stanford d.school in 2016 and currently serves as Executive Director for Ever Forward-Siempre Adelante. Ashanti does speaking engagements with students, parents and educators around the Bay Area.