Over 100 student and faculty leaders from Santa Cruz City Schools’ middle and high schools will participate in a two-day workshop conducted by the Center for Teaching Tolerance of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The goals of the workshop are to build the capacity of students to lead the development of a positive and safe school culture. The workshop will assist students in developing a positive identity about who they are while also embracing the differences among racial, ethnic, and gender groups on campus. Students as well as faculty will learn how to confront racist comments, graffiti and ethnic slurs when they occur, and to articulate a clear vision of safe and secure schools. Selected student and faculty leaders from SCCS Middle and High Schools will learn content and skills that they can bring back to their own school sites as they work to build safe and tolerant school communities.

The workshops will take place at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium on Wednesday, October 12, 1pm – 3pm and Thursday, October 13, 10 am – 12 noon and 2 pm – 3 pm.