Darius Wagner, a V Former from Brooklyn, N.Y., was recently named a recipient of the John P. Garrahan Leadership in Diversity Award, presented each year by the Alliance for MetroWest Unity to one student from each of the 15 MetroWest high schools in recognition of those students' outstanding leadership in diversity and unity.
In his three years at St. Mark's, Darius has served as co-head of the Black Lives Union (BLU) affinity group and as a Pathways prefect; attended diversity and leadership conferences including the Association of Independent Schools in New England's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference, the Student Leadership Diversity Conference, and the Close Up Foundation's Race, Justice, and Equity program; and been a member of the School's Antiracism Task Force.
"To be recognized for my work in diversity is deeply validating and humbling," Darius says. "I am grateful for the opportunity to advance the righteous causes of diversity, equity, and inclusion. It reaffirms my commitment to making St. Mark's a place where we can break down visible and invisible barriers and my belief that we can build a community that reflects the true values that our school continuously espouses to be. The reward of today makes me proud of what we have accomplished so far and renews my spirit for the continuing endeavors of tomorrow."