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LEAP Session: How We Show Up & Centering Student Voices to Liberate Us All

A panel discussion with Lancaster County students lead by Dr. Amber Sessoms

Friday, October 27th

via Zoom

How We Show Up: Centering Student Voices to Liberate us All

Join us VIA ZOOM from 12PM – 1:30pm for an inspiring panel discussion with Lancaster County students lead by Dr. Amber Sessoms.

Through facilitated dialogue with JP McCaskey students, we will bear witness to the wisdom of our youth in navigating learning within Pennsylvania’s educational systems. Their lived experiences and perspectives will help us humanize the local and state data that shows Pennsylvania as having one of the most severe and persistent opportunity gaps in education. The healing-centered space created for this dialogue will help us begin to reimagine the possibilities and move with strategic intention to center student voice and use it as a necessary tool to liberate us all.



Dr. Amber M. Sessoms is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer (CVO) of Natural Inclination LLC, where she supports courageous leaders in cultivating liberatory spaces for individuals to be their full, authentic selves. Through a strengths-based approach, Amber invites her learners to (re)discover their natural inclinations by utilizing her 3D Power Tools framework to guide participants on a self-awareness journey to (re)examine the narratives that tell us our differences are bad or undesirable, thereby leading us to betray ourselves and others. To facilitate dignity-affirming spaces, she intentionally centers the voices of historically devalued children, caretakers, educators, and communities by inviting all learners to write a new story centered on belonging, truth, and healing.

Amber is a nationally certified school psychologist and a doctorate-level adult educator, who has over 20 years of experience within the educational and mental health sectors. In 2020, she became the first person of color to be awarded Pennsylvania School Psychologist of the Year by the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania. She is now the first person of color to lead this organization as President. Amber also serves on the Board of Trustees for Millersville University, as well as vice-chair of Diversity Inclusion Professionals of Central Pennsylvania; and co-director of Pennsylvania’s Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Taskforce, in partnership with the Department of Education.



As the Community Foundation, we know that Lancaster County is at its most extraordinary when we’re all challenging ourselves to learn, grow, and find new (or time-tested) ways to develop ways to care for our community. We are proud to leverage the extraordinary wealth of expertise, insight, and innovation to bring our community the most exciting slate of free learning sessions yet. We hope you will join us for one or all of these opportunities, and bring your questions, ideas, and hopes for taking this learning beyond the session into our shared work of building a more equitable future for our community!

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