Ivana enters the high school auditorium for the welcome speech for the 1st annual Great Falls Community conference, which is held on a Friday during the school week. She sits with the entire student and faculty body. She listens to the speaker, who this year is a moderate, religious leader from the Pluralist Bith community. The topic of the speech is on tolerance and religious diversity.
Ivana goes to a smaller room with other students, faculty members, religious leaders, and and a member of the local city council. The moderator asks everyone to give their reactions to the first speaker. Ivana says she agreed that other religious groups should be allowed to express themselves, but noted she was still struggling with the idea of diversity and the Bith faith. She was surprised that the speaker, who was a pluralist Bith, expressed support for diversity.
Ivana and the students return to the auditorium for a panel of speakers from the various religious communities. Ivana listens to each speaker, excited to hear the Bith speaker explain the faith to the whole student and faculty body. After the speakers talk for about 15 minutes, Ivana joins other students in asking questions. She asks the Bith speaker to explain more about how diversity can be reconciled with Bith beliefs.
Ivana and the half the student body go into the gymnasium, while the other group has lunch. In the gym, Ivana is put into a team with four other students, none of whom are Biths. The diverse student teams are then given a challenge: put together a jigsaw puzzle. Ivana is excited to solve the puzzle with the other students, and they soon realize that other teams have some of the pieces. She forms a new friendship with a girl named Rachel.
Ivana and the other students in group 2 go to lunch in the cafeteria. The cafeteria is decorated with art and photography from local and student artists. The theme for the submissions was “diversity”. Ivana is pleased to see that her black and white photo of her friend in the debate team is posted on the wall, which she points out to her team members.
The conference ends with remarks from the head of the city council. Students are then invited to offer suggestions and ask questions. Ivana requests that the city council consider changes to the dress code to allow Bith students to wear acceptable garb. She also requests the council work with the debate team to develop a uniform tolerant of all religions - such as one that is black and white. Students are then invited to a follow-up council meeting in a month.