Thank you for your interest in the Lynchburg Prejudice Awareness Summit (PAS)! The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities has conducted this program for middle school students in Virginia for nearly 20 years. We are excited to be back in person this year!
The program is scheduled to be held at Randolph College on January 12, 2023 from 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM.
The program is designed to bring nearly 100 middle school students from across a geographic area to discuss ways to combat prejudice in their schools. The PAS program was founded by Jewish Women International.
Thanks to support from Atlantic Union Bank, there is no cost for your school to attend! We are asking that schools indicate their interest and nominate student participants by December 9, 2022.
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 Director of Educational Programs Tally Botzer at tbotzer@inclusiveVA.org.
We hope to see you on January 12 !
Frequently Asked Questions
What will my students do at the Summit?
- The program curriculum takes participants through a process of awareness-to-action. Students learn to recognize prejudice and intolerance, and to respect others. They work closely with their peers from a wide range of ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Trained facilitators guide the students through small group learning activities that explore personal experiences with discrimination and develop conflict resolution skills.
What is my role during the Summit?
- We are again pleased to offer an educator professional development session on the day of the Summit, and will continue distributing a monthly “Building Inclusive Schools” e-newsletter to educators featuring curriculum ideas, funding sources, best practices, etc. Note that if you have previously attended the Summit, we recommend sending a new advisor to help support your school in building a critical mass of motivated educators.
What do I need to know about transportation and lunch?
- Each school will be responsible for their own transportation to the Prejudice Awareness Summit. Once you have registered, you will receive more information with directions to Randolph College and specific parking directions. All students and staff members attending the Prejudice Awareness Summit will be provided with lunch according to the dietary restrictions listed on their respective registration forms.
How can I register?
- Click here to register your school. You can register up to 12 students from your school. 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 registration is due by Friday, December 9.
How to Apply
Use this link to register up to twelve students
(after VCIC receives this form, a link will be emailed to the school contact for student registration)