About 500 students from 35 high schools attended the seventh ROC2Change Student Summit on Race hosted by Brighton High School in November. The daylong, student-led summit allowed students to have candid conversations about race.
Brighton High School’s Mosaic Club and Black Student Union prepared the activities, speakers, and agenda for the event. The Friends of Rachel Club volunteered to help with the event. Students were organized into three groups depending on how many ROC2Change Summits they’ve attended and if they are leaders in their schools.
Students learned about intersectionality, the theory that social identities, related systems of oppression, domination or discrimination, and multiple group identities intersect to create a whole that is different from the component identities. Racial identity is a predominant marginalizing factor in our society, but other factors such as one’s gender, sexuality, nationality, religion, and disability can also create inequity and discrimination. The students focused on how they can create stronger schools and communities by supporting all who feel marginalized.