ERASE Racism Will Hold a Racial Justice Training for Long Island Youth

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On December 1, 2012 ERASE Racism will hold its fourth annual Student Leadership Forum. The free full-day workshop is designed to teach high school students about structural racism and steps that students can take to bring about change.

Student Leadership Forum Participants

We learned and discussed issues that teachers and staff members don't normally discuss in school.

On December 1, 2012 ERASE Racism will hold its fourth annual Student Leadership Forum. The free full-day workshop is designed to teach high school students about structural racism and steps that students can take to bring about change.

Four years ago, ERASE Racism, in collaboration with student volunteers, designed the Student Leadership Forum as a way to teach students about racial equity through enjoyable and hands-on activities, which include small group discussions, line debates, watching and reacting to video clips, a game of dodge-ball, and keynote address by a community activist.

Last year, 81 students from seventeen different high schools on Long Island participated in the workshop. Students discovered how years of discriminatory public policies and practices have created racial disparities that are often wrongly attributed to aptitude rather than differences in access to opportunities. They students also discussed current topics, such as affirmative action, the idea of being "post-racial", the benefits of diversity, and housing discrimination. After participating in the forum one student said, "We learned and discussed issues that teachers and staff members don't normally discuss in school." Another said, "The keynote was incredibly inspiring & passionate. It compels me to become more active."

This year’s Student Leadership Forum will be held on Saturday, December 1st in Garden City, NY at the Waldorf School of Garden City. To find out more information about the event and to register, please visit the event page on the ERASE Racism website: http://eraseracismny.org/

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