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Connecticut ADL Hosts SCC Diversity Retreat at Quinnipiac University

Date: July 29, 2013

SCC Diversity Retreat at QuinnipiacApproximately 55 students recently attended a summer weekend diversity retreat at Quinnipiac University, serving as the culmination to this year's SCC program.

The SCC program, run by the Connecticut Anti-Defamation League for more than 15 years, is an inter-district diversity education program that involves the 21 public and private high schools that comprise the Southern Connecticut Conference in Greater New Haven. The program, which runs the entire school year, provides an important opportunity for relationship building among students who come from urban, suburban, public and parochial schools and who rarely, if ever, would have a chance to get to know one another outside of the program.

The ultimate goal is to get the students to bring back programming and ideas for creating a more positive and respectful environment to their own schools. At the summer retreat, they participated in highly interactive team-building and small-group activities to increase their awareness of prejudice, discrimination and privilege.

Feedback from some of the students included:

  • "This is one of the best and most accepting atmospheres I've ever been in."
  • "I will remember this experience for the rest of my life."
  • "I learned how people are viewed in the world, how they are treated and how I can try to make my school a safe place so injustices don't occur."
  • "I learned never to judge people about anything, and not to be so 'afraid' to talk to others."

"This was an amazing group of students," said Michelle Pincince, Project Director of ADL Connecticut's A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute and a staff member on the retreat. "In all my years involved with the SCC program, I've never seen such an energized, motivated and ultimately transformed group of students. I have the utmost confidence that these students will bring about positive changes to their school communities, and I hope that as they continue to learn and grow, they will have a lasting impact wherever they go."

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