Each year more than 200 students from dozens Capital Region Middle Schools and High Schools participate in an anti-bias conference at Siena College. This conference is sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Lecture Series and is organized and run by the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute.
Students meet in small groups and are involved in activities, workshops, discussions and action planning around issues of prejudice, tolerance, and respect. Students attend this conference to actively work in groups with adult leaders to discuss ways they can become more involved and to help extinguish intolerance, bullying, and discrimination. Students are led by trained ADL facilitators, but there is ample input from the students themselves as they make plans to bring what they learned back to their schools.
Advisors - counselors or teachers - from the schools also take part in their own workshop where they are guided through the themes of the day with a focus on becoming equipped with the tools to bring the lessons learned back to their schools.
It is our hope that as a result of the conference, Siena sends these students back to their schools as knowledgeable allies for people in need. Some of them will no doubt become student leaders and help bring about the change we all want to see.
For information on participating in next year’s workshop, please e-mail Lynn Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org.