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Central Virginia High School students discuss breaking the cycle of prejudice

Posted at 12:33 PM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 12:33:46-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Nearly 100 high school students and educators met online Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss ways to end the cycle of prejudice in communities.

The 11th annual Diversity Dialogue Day, put on by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, brought students and educators together from 20 different public and private schools around Central Virginia.

Students examined the concept of prejudice and developed strategies in small groups to combat it.

Some of the ideas discusses by students included motivating people to have conversations though things like extra credit, training staff to be more observant, and encouraging minorities in AP, Honors, and advanced courses from a young age.

One student talked about the importance of patience, and continuing to challenge people on their beliefs.

“Trying to challenge an idea and not a person,” said a student from Deep Run High School.” Because they have been conditioned to think that way. And it’s the process of thinking that’s at fault.”

Other students discussed forming clubs at their schools, and introducing students to different cultures.

After the two day discussion, VCIC said they planned to check back in with educators to see how the ideas were being implemented.