Harrison student TEDx talks focus on social justice, feminism, STEM

Harrison High students tackled issues like feminism, social justice, and STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) education during this year’s TEDx Oxford High School Event, held April 23.

TEDx events are locally organized versions of the global conference that features short, motivations talks on the topics of Technology, Entertainment and Design. To be considered, students were asked to submit a tentative topic description, personal statement, teacher recommendation, and personal social media account user names.

Four of the nine Oakland County student speakers selected for the Oxford event represented the Farmington Hills high school. Here are recordings of their talks:

“Feminism: The High School Perspective”: Jahnavi Nalamolu, 10th Grade

Jahnavi moved to the U.S. from India when she was six-years old. She is an active participant in various school clubs and enjoys reading, hanging out with her friends and playing tennis for Harrison’s varsity team. Jahnavi plans to pursue a career in the medical field. She is currently in the International Baccalaureate (IB) prep program and plans to pursue the full IB Diploma Programme.

“To React, or Not to React – That is the Question”: Riya Shah, 11th Grade

Riya is currently in the rigorous IB Diploma Programme and loves to travel. She has been to more than 16 countries and wants to go to many, many more. She loves learning about the culture and rich history of different countries and wants to expand her perspective to encompass a more global understanding. She is quadrilingual who wishes to learn more languages, and an avid dancer currently in her sixth year of classical training. Riya wants to pursue a career in the medical field so that she can fulfill her dream of positively impacting the lives of people all around her.

“Stepping up in STEM: Why It Matters for Women and the World”: Sydney Harless – 12th Grade

Sydney will be attending Central Michigan University’s Honors College, where she plans to study information technology. Because gender equality and leadership are two things she cares a lot about, Sydney helped create a Girls on Technology group at her school to encourage girls to pursue a career in technology. She also participates in her school’s Lady Esteem Leadership club as well as student government. In addition, Sydney loves playing sports and being athletic; she is a member of her school’s varsity volleyball and soccer teams.

“Abuse, Infuse, Reclaim: Revolutionary Self-Produced Justice”: Taylor Amari Little – 12th Grade

Taylor is the founder and president of Liberation of Hidden Colors, a member of the executive board of the school’s Diversity Committee, and a member of the District Diversity Committee. She is currently enrolled in the IB Diploma Programme. Taylor also founded The Temple Project, a project that serves those in need around Detroit, which she presented at the Detroit SOUP. Staying true to her faiths of Islam and Soka Gakkai International Nichiren Buddhism, she actively pursues social justice and diversity education.