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Hastings High School Students Join In 'A World Of Difference' Drive

Joan Grangenois-Thomas from the Anti-Defamation League leads discussion among Hasting High School students in the anti-bias education program called "A World of Difference."
Joan Grangenois-Thomas from the Anti-Defamation League leads discussion among Hasting High School students in the anti-bias education program called "A World of Difference." Photo Credit: Provided

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Hastings High School students participated in an anti-bias education program by the Anti-defamation League called "A World of Difference" on Nov. 17 and 18.

The program seeks to help participants recognize bias, and the harm it can inflict on individuals and society; explore the value of diversity in their communities; improve intergroup relations; and combat racism, anti-semitism and all forms of prejudice.

The training program is geared for young people to assume leadership roles in an effort to create respectful and inclusive school environments. Thirty-one HHS students from grades ninth, 10th and 11th participated in the first two days of the three-day World of Difference training program.

Lead by Erin Lee and Joan Grangenois-Thomas from the Anti-Defamation League, Hastings students participated in an experiential training focused on defining prejudice and discrimination, identifying the difference between debate and dialogue, and defining their role as peer trainers at HHS.

The last day of training will take place on Friday, Dec. 11, from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., at the James Harmon Community Center, which is at 44 Main St., Hastings-On-Hudson.

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