Our Town breaks diversity barriers for high schoolers

“Change the World For the Better.”

For students engaged in Butler’s Our Town High School Leadership Institute this summer, that’s the mission they face. 

In one week, participating high schoolers will be tasked with identifying and addressing prejudices, examining stereotypes and working with a diverse group of fellow students to understand how they can impact the communities they live in and the world around them. 

“Evaluation shows these five-to-six-day residential retreats are making a positive difference for delegates who have (among other things) started diversity clubs, implemented violence prevention and intervention programs, and worked to educate other students about prejudice and discrimination,” said Bill Rinkenbaugh, Butler vice president for student services.  

Our Town is open to students who will be freshmen, sophomores or seniors in fall 2011 — especially those willing to expand their horizons and take an active role in becoming a leader for the future. 

From June 20 to 24, students will be confronted with diversity challenges that affect today’s global culture and will shape the future of their communities. 

“Our Town is designed to make youth aware of bias, bigotry, and racism at personal levels and institutionally,” Rinkenbaugh said. “The program encourages significant interaction between people from various backgrounds and provides skills to create positive change in attitudes, behaviors and the environments that participants touch.”

To apply, download and print out the brochure below. Applications are due by April 30. 

For more information, call Bill Rinkenbaugh at (316) 322-3297 or shoot him an e-mail at brinkenb@butlercc.edu

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