Montgomery Blair High School's Online Student Newspaper
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 1:43 pm

Clubs: Diversity Workshop

Time: 2:15-3:30, second and fourth W
Place: Room 252
Sponsor: Michelle Edwards
President: Brettney Oke, Claire Kalala, Ana Palomino
The goal of the Diversity Workshop program is to teach students ways to reduce racial discrimination and stereotypes, and ultimately train members to lead their own workshops. These workshops involve groups of about 30 to 40 students participating in a variety of activities that help reveal racial prejudice in the Blair community and society. Workshops also include group discussions where members share personal experiences about their domestic life, discrimination or any other issues they are willing to share.

"The diversity workshop is designed to spread diversity and use personal experiences to combat discrimination and injustice in society," sponsor Michelle Edwards says.

The club is composed of a variety of students in all grades and, according to Edwards, is always excited to add more members into the program. The club plans workshops outside of the Blair community and in various other local high schools in the county. In previous years, Blair has led numerous workshops at high schools like Gaithersburg and Einstein.

"We really want to bring the Blair community together and fight the tendencies to self-segregate," president Ana Palomino says. "It is the best feeling in the world when you go in and say 'I donít know anyone, this is going to be so awkward,' and you leave with friends that you probably would never meet under normal circumstances."

Although painful experiences are often shared during the workshops, students can feel comfortable and secure sharing their thoughts because of the Diversity Workshop rule of confidentiality. Students are not required to identify themselves during the activities.

"The workshops held by students are the best way to really go and see what this club is all about and can do," Palomino says. "Any involvement with the Diversity Workshop will provide an unforgettable experience."

If interested in joining Diversity Workshop, please contact Michelle Edwards in the English department or Ana Palomino.

Club beat by Susie Branson