GRGR Participants Confronted Bias with Respect
For the third year in a row, North Technical High School students participated in the 2018-2019 Give Respect, Get Respect Program sponsored by the St. Louis Zoo and the Missouri Botanical Garden in conjunction with the Diversity Awareness Partnership. The Give Respect, Get Respect Program is a five session anti-bias platform that connects high students with members of the community of various backgrounds. The program is designed to raise awareness about controversial social topics including disability, race, and gender that often challenge the St. Louis community.
This year eleven students from North Tech attended meetings held at the St. Louis Zoo, Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis and the Missouri Botanical Garden. The student participants–Demetriya Huntley, Kennedi Whitmore, Isaac Dotson, TaDarra Scranton, Nadia Savage, Justice Jones, Julius Massey, Jalaiya Milton, Jasmine Gray, JaLyn Lesure, and James Lenox-Wise—actively participated in uneasy conversations that were designed to improve communication between diverse cultural groups. Although some were shy, many of North Tech participants jumped right in.
“Our students have performed admirably since the first day. Even though they were in a room full of strangers, the students were quick to speak up and express their opinions,” said North Tech co-sponsor Davina Reid. The Give Respect, Get Respect program met once a month from October through March.