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Mt. Diablo Unified Community Speaker Series Event
Posted 1/14/19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 14, 2019

Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / / Mobile: (760) 705-6919          

Mt. Diablo Unified Community Speaker Series:

Social Media’s Impact on Young People’s Self Image


WHAT:  Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s Community Speakers Series


WHEN:  Tuesday, January 22, 2019


WHERE:  Mt. Diablo High School, 2450 Grant St., Concord, CA 94520  (Get directions)


BACKGROUND:   MDUSD‘s Community Speakers Series is provided to families as an activity to support goals of the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).  As part of the key goal for Parent/Family & Community Engagement, parents, families and community members will be informed, engaged, and empowered as partners with MDUSD to support student learning. 


Experts say young people view social media through the lens of their own lives. If they’re struggling to stay on top of things or suffering from low self-esteem, they’re more likely to interpret images of peers having fun as confirmation that they’re doing badly compared to their friends. On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, we welcome back Speaker Series favorite, Thomas Dodson with Above the Fray to give families the tools they need to begin meaningful dialogues about the digital lives of young people, the pitfalls and the positives.


Upcoming Community Speaker Series events include:

  • March 26, 2019 – How Parents’ Social Media Presence Affects Their Children and School Communities
  • May 22, 2019 – LCAP and Its Impact on MDUSD’s Budget


Students, parents, and staff are welcome at all events. Translation services will be provided.  For more information, please call (925) 682-8000, ext. 4016.


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About Mt. Diablo Unified

Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic communities, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is pleased to have the only International Baccalaureate (IB) program in Contra Costa County, and one of only three middle college programs regionally, our College Now program, now in its third year for 2018-2019.  Learn more at