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
Non-Traditional Club 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
restaurant, where the students were treated to a meal and had the
opportunity to network.