More than 300 students from school districts across St. Louis, including some of our own Ladue Horton Watkins High School students, convened at the University of Missouri-St. Louis J.C. Penney Center on Wednesday, Jan. 27 to work on the “STL Student Summit on Race.”
The goal of this second summit of the 2015-2016 school year was to “Activate Action” by turning “passive news waters into positive news creators.”
Students presented projects showing how they are making positive changes in their communities and creating positive news rather than just digesting news given to them. Some of the projects included anti-bullying/self-esteem improvement projects, community clean up and restoration efforts, school supply drives for low-income schools, school summits on racism and a social media clique integration campaign.
“Gateway2change is giving students a reason to talk about race, a way to talk about it and think about it,” Ladue Horton Watkins High School senior Olivia Davis said.
The third and final summit will be in March. The movement began following the events at Ferguson and provides students opportunities to become reform agents for racial and diversity issues.