FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Changing gender stereotypes isn't easy, but Diman has been doing its
part to provide opportunity for all students to pursue their dreams.
Recently, Diman hosted a Non-Traditional Student Summit of 65 people
from 6 different schools, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary
and Secondary Education, and Jeff Perrotti (Director, Safe Schools
Program for LGBT Students).
The summit was an opportunity for non-traditional students,
non-traditional allies, and advisers to get together to participate
in a number of team building activities all centered around the
challenges/opportunities of being non-traditional by gender in one's
field. Participating schools included Greater New Bedford Vocational
Technical High School, Blue Hills Regional Technical High School,
Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School,
Bristol-Plymouth Vocational Technical High School, and Southeastern
Regional Vocational Technical High School.
Examples of non-traditional students at Diman might include females
in construction trades like carpentry or plumbing, or males in
fields such as health careers or dental assisting. Diman's
meets regularly to provide support and
collaboration among students in non-traditional shops.
This is the fifth year in a row that Diman hosted the event. The day
was capped off with a gathering for all attendees in the Room 251
, where the students were treated to a meal and had the
opportunity to network.