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Planning and Economic Development

Contact: Pamela Lavers

Phone: 586-291-6370

Email: lavers@macombgov.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 29, 2018

More than 500 students attend Macomb Diversity Summit

Event featured conversations around race relations and cultural matters

More than 500 students attended the fourth annual Macomb Diversity Summit at the Macomb Intermediate School District on November 27. The summit provides an opportunity for middle and high school students from around the county to dialogue about race relations and cultural matters that are relevant today. The forum also helps student leaders develop action plans regarding ways to create positive environments in their schools, communities and lives.

 

"Macomb County schools support an environment where diversity is celebrated. We are pleased to partner with the Macomb County Executive's Office, OneMacomb, McLaren Hospital and Macomb Community College by hosting this event," said Mike DeVault, Macomb Intermediate School District Superintendent.

"The summit gives voice to students so they can share their perspective on challenges as well as bright spots in a meaningful forum," said Dr. James O. Sawyer IV, president, Macomb Community College. "It is important to engage youth, foster their community involvement and cultivate their leadership abilities."

Several students from Carter Middle School in Warren Consolidated said, "This experience helped us understand how being different is a good thing and how to accept each other. It taught us that we should appreciate diversity and that being mindful of others helps us learn more about the world. Even though we're different we're united through our differences." (Sophia Nguyen, Jack Stevenson, Orjada Tafa, Twyla Parker, Ysabele Mana)

"The students tackled these important conversations with courage, optimism and genuine respect for one another," said Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel.

The 2018 Macomb Diversity Summit was extremely successful. The students felt valued and many expressed appreciation for the acknowledgement of their voices. Click here to access a hi-res version of the above photo. And for more information on the summit, click here.

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