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Gateway2Change kicks-off Student Summits on Race

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Christine McDonald



Gateway2Change kicks-off Student Summits on Race


(November 15, 2017) St. Louis, MO… On Thursday, November 16, Gateway2Change will hold their first Student Summit on Race of the 2017-18 school year with more than 150 high school students representing 24 area high schools. The summit will be held at the Emerson World Headquarters (8000 West Florissant Avenue) from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

CharacterPlus is proud to partner with The National Conference for Community and Justice of Metropolitan St. Louis (NCCJ St. Louis) to create an experiential deep dive into the cultural competency continuum.  This year’s summit will consist of multiple experiential activities over several sessions to grow a deeper understanding of oppression and privilege.

This process requires smaller student teams and trained small group facilitators. Ultimately, this experience will feel more authentic and relevant and will inspire students to be true change agents within their school and community.

Throughout this process, as students become more aware of their environment, they will create a photovoice project that portrays their school community. Each school’s “Show us Your World” project will be presented at the final summit on March 1.

Gateway2Change was created after the tragic events unfolded in Ferguson as a unique approach to help young people have courageous conversations about the racial divide in St. Louis and then create a plan to affect positive change. CharacterPlus, a resource of EducationPlus, is leading the efforts to coordinate the Gateway2Change movement.

Gateway2change and the Student Summits on Race are supported in part by Emerson. For more information visit or contact Christine McDonald, EducationPlus Director of Communications, at 314.692.1233 or




Additional information about The National Conference for Community and Justice of Metropolitan St. Louis (NCCJ St. Louis)

For nearly 25 years, NCCJ St. Louis has been a recognized leader in the development and delivery of powerful training and educational programs that address diversity, equity, inclusion, cultural competency and social justice. Their framework is rooted in theory, research and practice in psychology, sociology and intergroup relations. Their mission is to create inclusive, representative communities through leadership and education. NCCJ St. Louis partners with individuals, organizations, networks, and corporations to help them make institutional change in their corner of the community. They empower leaders for diversity and inclusion, for equity and justice, so that all people will have access to our nation’s opportunities and be included in its promise.



Local High Schools participating in Gateway2Change:

Affton High School

Brentwood High School

Carnahan High School

Confluence Prep Academy

Fox High School

Francis Howell Central High School

Francis Howell North High School

Granite City High School

Jennings High School

Maplewood Richmond Heights High School

Marquette High School

Mehlville High School

McCluer High School

McCluer North High School

Orchard Farm High School

Parkway North High School

Parkway South High School

Parkway West High School

Riverview Gardens High School

Soldan International Studies High School

St. Charles West High School

Timberland High School

University City High School

Windsor High School