Gateway2Change Concluding Student Summit March 1
For Immediate Release
Contact: Christine McDonald
Gateway2Change’s concluding Student Summit scheduled for Thursday
(February 27, 2018) St. Louis, MO… The final Gateway2Change Student Summit on Race of the 2017-18 school year is this Thursday, March 1 at the Center for Global Citizenship at St. Louis University (3672 West Pine Boulevard) from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
During the summit, student leaders will present photovoice projects that reflect a snapshot of their school through the lens of racial equity. These projects will represent the advancement of their racial equity awareness through the activities and dialogue that they participated in throughout the year as part of Gateway2Change.
CharacterPlus partnered 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 summits consisted of multiple experiential activities over several sessions to grow a deeper understanding of oppression and privilege. This process required smaller student teams guided through open dialogue and activities by trained small group facilitators. Ultimately, this experience felt more authentic and relevant and will inspire students to be true change agents within their school and community.
“Through a variety of experiential activities such as “Game of Life” students grew a deeper understanding of social and cultural identities and the opportunities gained or restricted because of those identities,” said Kasey McKee, Executive Director of CharacterPlus. “These experiences will give them the valuable insights to become agents of change within our community.”
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 create a plan to affect positive change. CharacterPlus, a resource ofEducationPlus, is leading the efforts to coordinate the Gateway2Change movement.
Gateway2Change Student Summits on Race are supported in part by Emerson. For more information visit www.g2cplus.org or contact Christine McDonald, EducationPlus Director of Communications, at 314.692.1233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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