Day 5: Tuesday

Students were excited to finally present all of the work they have done over the past five days! The day began with more studio group time for the Upper School and final preparation time for the Lower School. The student committee was excited to get everyone bagels (over 500!) from their favorite bagel establishment, Bruegger’s.


The Lower School then began giving their presentations in front of a panel of judges. They were split into five different rooms and spoke in front of the panel as well as their peers. Presentations ranged anywhere from tuberculosis to bipolar disorder. Hopefully, you got a chance to check out the live stream!


While the Lower School was presenting, the upper school took a break from researching and practicing their presentations to watch a movie during the scheduled activities block. Students were excited to finally get a chance to relax and enjoy the cinematographic genius of High School Musical 3! After the movie, the groups went back into their final block of preparation time before presenting.


After the Lower School presentations, the students went to lunch–noodle bowls–and then debriefed about the end of the Global Forum. The Lower School then went to their final activities block–a sing-along! The day ended with a celebration for the Lower School.

While the Lower School were singing and celebrating their hard work, the Upper School began presenting their findings. The Upper School studio groups were also split into the same five rooms as the Lower School to present their findings in front of their peers and the panel of judges. Topics in the Upper School ranged from cholera to mental health.


After all the presentations, the finalists from the Lower and Upper School were decided and these four groups will present for the last time at an assembly in February. The winners from each category will win a grand prize!

Overall, the students were sad to see the Global Forum come to an end. After five days of hard work and researching about diseases and disorders, the student body learned a lot about activism and making an impact. The adult and student committee spent the entire week–and the years leading up to the Forum–working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure “Disease Week” ran as smoothly as possible. The student committee is excited to hear the feedback about the forum as they believe student feedback is crucial in the success of the forum. We hope everyone learned something from the Global Forum and that the next one is even better than the last!


Day 4: Monday

After a nice relaxing weekend, the students came back excited and ready to wrap up their projects. The studios started the day by continuing to work on their research and presentations. Most groups are putting together slideshows to demonstrate their research process and their final result.


The Upper School students then went to their respective advisories to eat some food and talk to their classmates about their projects with their classmates and advisors. The student committee also set up a fun game of dodgeball for both the Lower and Upper School (Seniors won in the Upper School). The prize was the Disease Dino – the team that wins the Disease Dino most gets a grand prize at the end of Forum.


The groups are very excited about, and perhaps a tad nervous for, the presentations on the final day. All of the studios will be placed into one of five rooms where presentations will be going on. The presentations will be recorded and parent judges will be coming in to determine the finalists. Once the finalists are chosen, they will present their projects again in front of the entire school on February 15th where the winners will be chosen. A grand prize will be awarded to the winning group from both the Upper and Lower School. If you would like to see the presentations tomorrow, check out the live stream! Information regarding the live stream will be sent out shortly


Day 3: Friday

The first half of this week ended with a bang! Students began their day working in their studio groups as they researched and began making some real change both in and out of the Winsor community. This morning, some groups focused on solidifying their plans for the rest of the week.

Many groups have begun making social media platforms that range from spreading awareness about Cerebral Palsy to Mental Health. Other groups are utilizing the Innovation Lab’s 3D printing capabilities by printing syringes for their projects.


Ms. Stringfellow brought in a machine to show groups studying Cystic Fibrosis how some CF treatments work.

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Photo Credit: Joe Broughton

Many students were inspired by the workshops led during the second day of Global Forum. One group even used information from Michelle Walsh’s (‘16) workshop to create a Pugh Chart to assess the pros and cons of their different ideas by weighting different evaluative categories:

Photo Credit: Ridie Markenson

The students also attended their final session of workshops, including “How to be a medical researcher, or at least talk like one” with clinical pediatric urologist Caleb Nelson, MD, MPH (P ’24) and “Conducting research in low-income countries: snapshots from Ethiopia” with Anne Stevenson (‘97), the Program Director for the Neuropsychiatric Genetics of African Populations (NeuroGAP)-Psychosis study at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Broad Institute.

In all, the first part of Global Forum has been a success, starting with our keynote speaker, Joia Mukherjee and school-wide trivia games on Day 1, student-led diversity and identity workshops on Day 2, and tons of inspiring and insightful workshops on Days 2 and 3! Looking forward to the last two days of Global Forum and final presentations when we return from the weekend!

Day 2: Thursday

The second day of Global Forum was definitely a busy one! The day started off with more time for groups to come together and continue their work on their projects. After working on developing empathy on Day 1, students began brainstorming ideas and, in some cases, began work on their projects. One studio of lower schoolers shared their progress:


Juniors and Seniors who attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in November of 2017 and 2018 engaged the Upper School community in conversations about diversity and identity. They discussed the 8 core identifiers they explored at the conference and shared stories about their experiences at SDLC before splitting the Upper School up by grade for further discussions.

Within each class, the students engaged in an ice-breaker “circle game” activity that challenged them to think about their identifiers in new ways and to think about their individual uniqueness and community-wide unity at the same time. The second activity tackled one of the identifiers that is least-often discussed at Winsor: socio-economic status or class. In small groups, students discussed how to navigate certain scenarios related to class at Winsor.

For some, they had so much to say that their conversations spilled out into the lunch line. Several students expressed their appreciation for the intimate and comfortable small-group format. “I think it made us stronger as a class,” said Caroline B. ‘19, citing her classmates’ willingness to be “thoughtful” in approaching the conversation. Disease, the focus of the Global Forum, is a global issue that relates to many factors of identity such as ability, socioeconomic status, and more. Through engaging in these important conversations, the student body was able to take away perhaps a new approach to their respective Global Forum projects as well as some personal reflection.

Following lunch (enchiladas!), Lower and Upper School students participated in workshops ranging from presentations like “Building a Company: Taking an Idea to a Product” and “The Global Impact of Congenital Heart Disease in Children” to a field trip to The Museum of Science!


One workshop, “Lessons from Engineering and Design Problem-solving in Childhood Cancer,” featured Winsor alum Michelle Walsh ‘16:


Reflecting on the Global Forum thus far, a number of Upper Schoolers discussed what they have enjoyed and what they are looking forward to:



Stay tuned for more updates on this blog and our Instagram as we enter Day 3 of Global Forum tomorrow before heading into the weekend!

Day 1: Wednesday

The first day of the Global Forum started off with time in studio groups to recenter, refocus, and begin building a foundation of empathy and awareness of each groups’ country’s cultural context. Groups used various empathy-building activities to understand the everyday impacts of disease-related disabilities. Clare W. ‘19 and Grace W. ‘19 explain their group’s activity and talk about the day:

Then, the Upper and Lower School gathered in the theater to hear from keynote speaker Dr. Joia Mukherjee, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health.

Photo Credit: Kristie Rae Images

Dr. Mukherjee spoke about the influence of her experience studying and treating childhood malnutrition in Africa on her perspective on human rights work. She said that “the myth of the ignorance of the black mother is the root of a lot of misinformation in public health” and emphasized the importance of considering social determinants of health, including education, housing, access to food, and forms of institutional racism, including colonialism and other expressions of white supremacy. She also spoke about healthcare as a human right and offered the global AIDS movement as a model for comprehensive global healthcare beyond national boundaries.

The student and faculty response to Dr. Mukherjee’s talk was overwhelmingly positive. “I’m still reliving that assembly,” said Ms. Brady, and Julia M. ’19 said, “I loved her connection between human rights and disease, and I think the interactive aspect of her presentation really got people excited for the rest of the week.” Students also cited Dr. Mukherjee’s explicitness in addressing racism as a determinant of health as a particularly poignant and valuable part of her talk.

After another block of group work, students were excited about the directions their projects were going in.





A number of Upper School and Lower School groups were eager to share insight on their ideas and progress on their projects from Day 1 of Global Forum!


We closed out the day with trivia in Sibling Squads in the gym! The winners will be announced tomorrow, so stay tuned to see who wins the special prize!

A group of Lower Schoolers shares that they already looking forward to tomorrow’s Workshop blocks during which both Upper and Lower School students will have the opportunity to hear from and engage in activities with more experts in their field:

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Global Forum 2019

In January of 2019, Winsor will hold its second Global Forum, titled “Sick Days: Disease and Its Role in Human Society.” Launched in 2017, the forum is a biennial, weeklong Jan term for the entire school. Each forum is dedicated to the study of one of our most pressing global challenges and allows students and faculty to immerse themselves collectively in the study of socially relevant world issues.

This year’s Global Forum began in November on Community Curriculum Day, a day dedicated to learning about infectious diseases. In a keynote address, Winsor’s own Natasha Hochberg ’92 shared her experiences as an infectious disease specialist. In their small working groups, students were asked to identify a country far from meeting the United Nations Development Program’s target goals regarding disease and to choose a disease or disease-related problem in that country that affects the nation’s ability to grow and develop.

On the final day of the Global Forum, each team will present their action plan or maker project to a panel of judges. The global health teams that deliver the most innovative and effective solutions by the end of the forum will receive the Disease Challenge Prize.