Harmony For Humanity

What is Harmony for Humanity?

It is a service club at Delaware Academy, and it is open to all students in grades 6—12. 

What are the founding principles of Harmony for Humanity?

1.  All people deserve respect regardless of their gender identification, race, religion, sexual orientation, social status, or mental health status.

2.  Undue biases and prejudices can never be overcome without meaningful dialogue.

3.  Promoting the strength of individual character promotes a healthy campus community. 

How is Harmony for Humanity creating a dialogue at D.A.?

We are sponsoring a campus theme (2017:  "Being Our Best Selves:  Tolerance Through Dialogue"), hosting programming based around that theme, trying to bring meaningful speakers to the student body, and providing this blog as a jumping-off-place for discussion of relevant topics.  

Do you have ideas about how to get people talking in a meaningful way?  Join the club!   The dialogue starts with you!    


(Malala Yousafzai, youngest winner of the
Nobel Peace Prize, is an 
activist for girls’
education in Pakistan, her home-country,
and around the world.)  

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The Harmony for Humanity Club cordially invites you to partake in a new film series:  Get Woke! 

The Get Woke! series is an opportunity to discuss race with filmmakers, experts on the topic, and each other.  It is sponsored by the United Ministry of Delhi; friends of Fair for All; SUNY Delhi's History Club; and the SUNY Delhi Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  This film series is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  

Please see the attached link for more information on the series, on-campus parking, and the up-and-coming films. The first film--Little White Lie, a documentary by filmmaker Lacy Schwartz--addresses the issues of race, religion, and personal identity.  The documentary is being shown at SUNY Delhi on Sunday, October 29th from 5-7:30 with a Q & A session with the filmmaker afterward.  The event will take place in Sanford Hall Room 250 on the SUNY Delhi Campus.  


Posted by Megan.Ainsworth  On Oct 24, 2017 at 11:33 AM
Let's be honest:  How many of you reading this now have ever been told a fact (IE:  something proven by science) and not believed it because it doesn't align with your beliefs and/or thinking about the topic--especially if the topic is controversial?  

If we're being honest, we should all be nodding in agreement because we all have done this. 

It turns out that there is a name for this--"the backfire effect."  It is a primary cause for failed dialogue when people dispute facts.  It is also a primary cause for people becoming entrenched in their thinking, rather than acting as their best selves and actually listening to what others have to say.  

Here, linked below, is a cartoon from The Oatmeal which perfect explains (and cites sources for) this phenomenon.  Please give it a read and then let us know what you think in the comments section.  


Posted by Megan.Ainsworth  On Oct 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM

You may have noticed that on the home page of this blog there is a picture of Malala Yousafzai holding a poster that reads, "I am stronger than fear."  Malala would have reason to boast of such a claim:  She was shot by the Taliban because she fought for girls' rights to an education in Pakistan, her home country.  She survived her injuries and continues this fight today from her new home in England.  She was awarded The Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts in 2014, when she was only 17 years old.

Though we don't believe that any of the students at D.A. have experienced the same type of adversity than Malala has,  we have linked up (below) a YouTube video to a slam poem being performed by a seventh grader from Queen Creek Middle School in Arizona.  The student performing the piece is addressing fears that many of us here at D.A. have experienced, and we encourage you to listen to her words and ask yourself the same question she asks, "Why am I not good enough?"  It is this same question that led Malala to fight for equality in her home country, and the very same question that has provoked change the world over. 

We, along with the poet, feel that we all need to start being stronger than our fear.  We can start by being ourselves. Lets have a real conversation about real things that matter to us and our school, so that we can accomplish great things together.  

Posted by Megan.Ainsworth  On Jun 01, 2017 at 1:17 PM
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Posted by Megan.Ainsworth  On May 23, 2017 at 2:08 PM
Be a proud I-don't-know-it-all.

While it is important to be passionate believer, it is just as important to engage in other perspectives.
Discussing oppositional views with your "other" may enable you to grasp your own beliefs even better.
At the very least you gain understanding of why others believe in what they believe and generate
tolerance between two otherwise hostile parties.  

We suggest following these guidelines for a healthy, enlightening conversation that will open your mind.

Posted by Megan.Ainsworth  On May 22, 2017 at 10:16 AM

We challenge you to watch the video linked below with an open mind. The majority of people often judge others based on a black and white scale, but what about all the people who consider themselves "grey" (which is an exponential amount of people, by the way)? If humans are multi-dimensional beings and can contain different personality traits (not unlike a shelf in an American super market), then how is it possible to stamp a label on someone without limiting their right of choice and expression? 

This video does an amazing job of showing a different perspective that will hopefully get you to think about your own life, or the lives of your friends and family. It is time to stop categorizing people based on one facet of their lives and begin to evaluate people based on their character instead.

Watch this video.  We challenge you to look into the eyes of people with whom you disagree and think of reasons why they deserve any less than you do. 

TED Talk:  "50 Shades of Gay" with iO Tillett

Posted by Megan.Ainsworth  On Feb 27, 2017 at 2:22 PM
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