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Diversity Institute Student Leadership Camp for Inclusion develops agents for change
06-20-13

The camp was held June 16-20.
The camp was held June 16-20.

High School students from northeastern Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia and Reading areas participated in the annual Misericordia University Diversity Institute Student Leadership Camp for Inclusion from June 16-20 on campus. Rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in becoming agents for change and offering H.O.P.E. (Honoring Other People’s Experiences) shared their individual and community experiences, while they also worked together at a series of workshops and community events so they could return to their home districts and make a difference.

 The Diversity Institute Student Leadership Camp for Inclusion works to develop student leaders who are engaged in their communities and schools, and who are 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 focused on leadership development, conflict resolution, and cross-cultural relations and communication.
 
Students participated in programs that were designed specially to address diverse educational and leadership experiences. Students also focused on understanding the principles of leadership in order to adopt a Personal Inclusive Excellence Leadership Philosophy. The camp culminated with participation in the annual NAACP/Diversity Institute Unity Picnic at Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
 
“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 Diversity Institute – Office of Inclusive Excellence or the Student Leadership Camp for Inclusion at Misericordia University, please log on to www.misericordia.edu.diversity or call (570) 674-1483. 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.
 
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The annual Misericordia University Diversity Institute Student Leadership Camp for Inclusion was held recently on campus. Rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who participated in the camp, included first row from left, Emonie Reviere, Reading Area High School; Neeia Johnson, Reading Area High School; Asia Jackson, Meyers High School; Max Rodriguez, Coughlin High School; Kariana Goicoechea, GAR High School; Katlin Kofchak, GAR High School; Ashley Lawrence, Lake Lehman High School; and Carrie Pozaic, Wyoming Area High School; second row, Jasmine Mitchell, Meyers High School; Quince Hutchings, Meyers High School; Vanessa Castillo, GAR High School; Nicole St. Preux, Meyers High School; Cole Redman, Franklin Towne Charter High School; Brittany Thomas, Wyoming Area High School; and Helia Hosseinpour, Wyoming Valley West High School; third row, Alvaro Izaguirre, GAR High School; Jakira Ramsey, Reading Area High School; Eric Peacock, Whitehall High School; Dr. Scott Richardson, director, Diversity Institute - Office of Inclusive Excellence at Misericordia University; Ryan Boyd, Franklin Towne Charter High School; Demetrius Frye, Franklin Towne Charter High School; and Chris Hammerstern, Franklin Towne Charter High School.