Diversity Institute summer camp prepares high school students to be change agents

Dr. Scott Richardson
The Misericordia University Diversity Institute is hosting its annual Student Leadership Camp for Inclusion from June 16-20 on campus for high school students entering 10th, 11th and 12th grades who are interested in becoming agents of change and H.O.P.E. – Honoring Other People’s Experiences.

The camp works to develop student leaders who are engaged in, and community advocates for inclusive excellence. The camp, under the direction of Scott S. Richardson, Ed.D., director of the Diversity Institute - Office of Inclusive Excellence, exposes youth leaders to broader views of inclusion and engages them in skill building for issues around exclusion

“Become agents for H.O.P.E. at your home school, in your community and in your home,’’ said Dr. Richardson, issuing a challenge to today’s youth. “Become exposed to difference beyond the scope of media socialization. I am not different than you; I am different just like you!”

High school students stay in the Misericordia University residence halls and participate in cultural competency and leadership workshops and seminars, and campus-wide cultural events. Camp workshops and seminars will focus on leadership development, conflict resolution, and cross-cultural relations and communication.

Students will participate in programs that have been designed specially to address a diverse educational experience and a leadership experience. They will explore careers as park rangers, conservations officers and more during a field trip to Francis Slocum State Park. Students will also focus on understanding the principles of leadership in order to adopt a Personal Inclusive Excellence Leadership Philosophy. The camp culminates with participation in the annual NAACP/Diversity Institute Unity Picnic at Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on June 22.

“The camp provides foundational educational experiences to contribute to the academic portfolio of students,’’ said Dr. Richardson. “As we work together to foster student leaders during the summer camp, we all grow as individuals and we grow in our understanding and appreciation of everyone.’’

For more information about the 2013 Misericordia University Diversity Institute Student Leadership Camp for Inclusion, please contact your high school’s guidance counselor or call Brenda Nowalis at (570) 674-1483. To get an application, please call (570) 674-1483. For more information about the Diversity Institute – Office of Inclusive Excellence at Misericordia University, please log on to or call (570) 674-6400. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 32 academic majors on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.