Towards a Better Understanding: Two Students Honored for their Work on Diversity

Apr 03, 2012

The local selection committee for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations recently recognized two students at Independent Education member schools. The Princeton Prize in Race Relations is a national award program sponsored by Princeton University to acknowledge the work of high school students in improving race relations in their communities.

Gabi Mayers, a junior at Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, was honored for her work as a docent at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History’s exhibit, “RACE: Are We So Different?” Her experience subsequently inspired Mayers to produce a video on race and to facilitate a discussion between Holton-Arms School’s faculty regarding the impact of race.

In an effort to spark conversation about the importance of diversity to the school community, Dorean Collins, a senior at The Field School in Washington, DC, helped plan and co-chair the school’s first ever Diversity Day. The event included a keynote address from Marc Elliot, who has battled Tourette’s syndrome and Hirschsprung disease since childhood and who spoke on the negative effect of others’ assumptions about him. As a result of the small group discussions that followed Elliot’s talk, the school has elected to add an essay question to its application regarding diversity and personal identity.