Preparing Boys for Life

The Haverford School Best for Boys Speaker Series

How to Be an Upstander: A Workshop for Helping Kids Speak Up When It Counts

Presented by Brendon Jobs, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at The Haverford School

Monday, Dec. 7, 7-8:30 p.m. | Virtual


Join Brendon Jobs, the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at The Haverford School, for a discussion about how to model and support boys’ development as upstanders in their communities. In moments of hurt and harm, we have the choice to stand as barriers or act as complicit bystanders. Upstanding is a critical aspect of creating the conditions for healthy and inclusive school communities. Such communities emphasize belonging as your most authentic self over the traditional goal of “fitting in” at school. There will be a particular focus around situations involving racial encounters and other behaviors that cause moments of acute identity stress.

  • How can individuals take action in ways that create healthier and more inclusive communities? 

  • How can we empower ourselves with the choice to confront injustice or marginalization? 

  • How do we process the stress of in-the-moment, face-to-face interactions in ways that inspire action? 

This event will be interactive and virtual. Bring your questions, but also be prepared to practice making the choice to “upstand.” Jobs will discuss what an upstander is and how to support boys as they learn to courageously stand up for themselves and others. Afterward, participants will discuss how to apply upstanding behavior in various real-world scenarios.

About the Lecture Series

The Haverford School's Best for Boys speaker series invites the community to learn about topics and practices that help foster the social, emotional, and academic growth of young boys.

The events are free and open to the public.

Past Best for Boys Speakers

Dr. Pam Greenblatt: The Science Behind Successful Readers

John Urschel: Thinking Quantitatively

Dr. Michael Baime: Mindfulness and the Constricted Spirit

Paul Assaiante: Achieving Success Through Failure

Michael Reichert and Janet Heed: The Boy Behind the Mask

Laurie Bodine and Bill Brady: Lead Well, Be Well, Do Well

Dr. Jay Greytok: Boys to Men

Michael Reichert: Boyhood in the 21st Century

About Brendon Jobs

Brendon Jobs is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at The Haverford School, where he teaches Modern World History and Modern Black Lives in the Upper School.

A veteran educator of the Philadelphia School District, Jobs has taught since 2007. He was named a James Madison Fellow, Lehrman Fellow, National Constitution Center Annenberg Fellow, Education Pioneer Fellow. Ongoing training with Penn GSE's Racial Empowerment Collaborative and the Race Institute informs his approach to imagining and building inclusive communities.

He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania.