About Culture Jam
Culture Jam is an annual student-led and produced conference focused on diversity. It is designed to empower students to have courageous conversations alongside their peers. Culture Jam offers a safe, inclusive space for high school students to discuss equity-related issues that are present in schools, the Pittsburgh region, and the global community.
On November 15, 2019, hundreds of students from Pittsburgh and beyond will meet in Pittsburgh for Ellis’ 16th annual Culture Jam. Culture Jam is a student-led opportunity for high schoolers to learn and teach about social justice issues and their core cultural identifiers: race, gender, religion, sexuality, socio-economic status, family structure, and more.
This year’s Culture Jam theme, Beyond the Buzzword, explores common terms found in social justice spaces and dives deeper into their meaning. As institutions and individuals strive to finally achieve the ideals of “diversity” and “inclusion” in their workplaces and lifestyles, we have to ask ourselves: What are these goals they are working towards and how do we get there? Seeing Beyond the Buzzword means moving past discussion and past performative activism to take decisive and meaningful action. Culture Jam gives you the experience of listening and learning from teenagers and adults working on social justice issues about what moving Beyond the Buzzword means to them.