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Thank you for your interest in the Prejudice Awareness Summit. As of September 29, we have reached capacity and can not accept additional school registrations. Please reach out to Jessica Hawthorne ([email protected]) if you have any questions.


Thank you for your interest in the Richmond Prejudice Awareness Summit (PAS)! The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities has conducted this program for middle school students in Virginia for over 20 years.

The program is scheduled to be held at Virginia Commonwealth University on October 20, 2023 from 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM.

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

There is no cost for your school to attend! We are asking that schools indicate their interest and nominate student participants by September 29, 2023.

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 Vice President of Programs, Jessica Hawthorne by email at [email protected]. We hope to see you on October 20!

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 Virginia Commonwealth University 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. (Registration has closed for 2023. Please contact Jessica Hawthorne at [email protected] if you have any questions.) You can register up to 8 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 to ensure that they are fully registered for our program. School registration is due by September 29.
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    How to Apply

    School Registration Form

    Use this link to register up to 8 students
    (after VCIC receives this form, a link will be emailed to the school contact to ensure full registration for each student)

    School registration must be received by 

    5:00 pm on September 29, 2023.


    Jessica Hawthorne

    Vice President of Programs

    804-515-7950 ext. 112  | [email protected]

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