Summit on Race invites students from Missouri to tackle race in Rochester

Students worked in groups to discuss topics on race, racism, and privilege.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Students in West Irondequoit hosted the first ever local student Summit on Race. 
 
Members from the Gateway2Change project from St. Louis, Missouri and Ferguson, Missouri, joined the students to talk about their personal experience and how it can relate to problems of race in Rochester. 
 
"Some student leaders from St. Louis came and facilitated conversation through Gateway2Change, to actually bring student voice to the table," said Gateway2Change Founder Drew Schwartz. "And listen to not only what their ideas for the present are, but aspirations and ideas for creating a more equitable Rochester." 
 
Students worked in groups to discuss topics on race, racism, and privilege. 
 
"It was really hard at first, 'cause it was like, "I'm not racist...' and I was kind of being put in the position where I felt kind of bad about being white," said West Irondequoit High School Student Anna Weldy. "But I later learned that I can take that and make a change."
 
Over ten local school districts participated in the Summit on Race.  
 

 


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