Bloomsburg University’s 12th Annual High School Diversity Conference addressed all forms of discrimination high school students encounter and aimed to foster within each school a cohesive bond in the student body that explores differences and encourages unity.
Through this year’s theme, “Voices for Change: Challenging the Happily Ever After,” the conference worked to create an environment that embraces diversity in area high schools.
Each year the conference crafts workshops for students, faculty, staff and administrators to:
- explore their own beliefs
- learn strategies for developing a hate free environment
- interrupt bullying
- nurture an atmosphere wherein anything can be discussed without prejudice
- facilitate teaching methods of confronting unacceptable prejudicial behavior to become a beacon of peace, light and understanding in a world threatened by war, darkness, hate and misunderstanding
Jacob Kelley, a Bloomsburg University junior and workshop assistant, attended the conference throughout his years at Berwick High School and was delighted to work with Samantha Norton, BTE, a long-time workshop presenter. The conference is supported by a grant from the Berwick Health and Wellness Fund of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation The Berwick Health and Wellness Fund is the original and largest fund of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation. Its purpose is to improve the health and welfare of residents and communities of eastern Columbia and western Luzerne counties.
Student groups from eight participating high schools report their action plans in the final conference session. BUSTED opened the conference with a performance based on the theme and student feedback that both captures the high school students’ attention and helps them take home valuable information and lessons.