Encountering Differences at OSHS

Encountering Differences at OSHS
Posted on 11/14/2019
For the second year, a small group of Old Saybrook High School (OSHS) students is participating in Encountering Differences, a program sponsored and facilitated by the Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut. The program strives to educate young people about the history of anti-black racism in the U.S. and connect them to African-American community members to engage with them directly and learn about their life experiences.

The program, which takes place over the academic year, kicked off in late October at OSHS, where 28 students from five high schools gathered for a program overview and a presentation by John F. McKnight, Jr., dean of institutional equity and inclusion at Connecticut College. McKnight gave a brief history of American anti-black racism.

“He has an amazing gift of drawing the students out to share information about their own experiences, their thoughts,” said Tammy Kaye, program coordinator at the Jewish Federation. “I thought this year we had one of the best discussions ever.”

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