Thank you for your interest in the inaugural Tidewater Prejudice Awareness Summit (PAS)! The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities has conducted this program for middle school students in Virginia for nearly 20 years.  For the inaugural Tidewater PAS, we’re going virtual!

The program is scheduled to be held online on Wednesday, October 28 and Thursday, October 29 from 10:00 am–2:00 pm, and schools are only expected to attend on one day of their choice. At the moment, we are planning to use Zoom as the platform. If your school is not able to use Zoom but you would like to participate, please let us know as soon as possible.

The program is designed to bring approximately 100 middle school students from across a geographic area to discuss ways to combat prejudice in their schools. You can find a report from last year’s programs held in Richmond and Lynchburg here.

Thanks to support from Buckingham Strategic Wealth, there is no cost for your school to attend! We are asking that schools indicate their interest and nominate student participants by Friday, October 2.

VCIC is grateful to be joined by the following coalition partners for the 2020 PAS: Communities In Schools of Hampton Roads; Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast; Jewish Community Relations Council, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater; Old Dominion University Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity; and YWCA South Hampton Roads.  The PAS program was founded by Jewish Women International.

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions below. If you have any additional questions or would like more details about this program, please contact VCIC’s Hampton Roads Program Manager Paula L. Bazemore by phone at (757) 390-0720 or by email at We hope to “see” you on October 28th or 29th!

What will my students do at the Summit?

    • Sessions are designed to take participants through a process of awareness-to-action. VCIC will send an hour-long video for students to watch the morning of the day of their session, and then students will engage in synchronous conversations with their peers on the day of the program about ways to recognize prejudice and respect others. Trained facilitators will guide the students through small group learning activities that explore personal experiences with discrimination and develop conflict resolution skills.

What do I need to share with my students about participating?

    • You will need to share which date your school will attend (October 28th or 29th). VCIC will share a link with you to distribute to registered students only. Students are asked to watch a video the morning of the Summit, prior to the live sessions at 10 AM. Students are expected to be present with cameras on for the entire Summit and asked to adhere to dress codes and virtual learning standards set forth by their school districts. A scheduled 30- minute lunch break and stretch breaks are built into this time frame. 

What is my role during the Summit?

    • We ask that an educator be available to support their students on the day of the session. In addition, we invite you to join our educator-only session on December 9, 2020. This session will review the concepts that students discussed and offer some practical tips on ways to support them as they combat prejudice. There will be some time for networking, too! Whether or not you are able to attend that session, you will be signed up for VCIC’s monthly “Building Inclusive Schools” e-newsletter to educators featuring curriculum ideas, funding sources, best practices, etc.

How can I register?

    • Click here to register your school. You can register up to five students from your school, and choose whether your school will attend the program on either October 28th or 29th. Once school registration is complete, an additional link will be sent to you to be sent to the parents/guardians of your registered students. School placement for each date is granted on a first come, first served basis until capacity is reached. School registration is due by Friday, October 9.

Is there opportunity for follow-up?

    • Thanks to generous support from Buckingham Strategic Wealth, VCIC is able to offer two options for follow-up. You can apply for a mini-grant for follow-up sessions with VCIC or funding to support your students’ continued work. You can apply for either (or both) of these when you register your school. Grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis and only for schools in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.

How to Apply

School Registration Link

Use this link to register up to 5 students
(after VCIC receives this form, a link will be emailed to the school contact for student registration)

School registration must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 9, 2020.


Paula L. Bazemore
Hampton Roads Program Manager



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