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March 13, 2001
CONTACT: Nola Heidlebaugh, 312-3522
OSWEGO -- Five SUNY Oswego communication studies students helped 30 Oswego County students and their mentors find new ways to promote tolerance in area schools on Thursday, March 8. The Oswego County Task Force on Safe and Violence Free Schools organized the daylong workshop, which was held at the Oswego County Board of Cooperational Services.
The event was a followup to an earlier diversity training workshop provided to middle and high school students who attended diversity training given by the National Coalition Building Institute on Martin Luther King Day at SUNY Oswego.
The five communication studies seniors are —— Stephanie Hanner, Carolyn Knowlton, Shannon Rose Merrick, Malia Small and Jaime Torrese -- organized a series of exercises to help students introduce tolerance and peace into area schools.
The college students, under the supervision of Dr. Nola Heidlebaugh, have been working together all semester to form TRUST: "Togetherness Requires Us to Start Today!" The mission of TRUST is "to let students know that they have support for incorporating peace and tolerance in their schools and life."
Communication studies majors receive one academic credit and perform at least 20 hours of service in the community.
To follow the March 8 workshop, members of TRUST will now go into county schools by invitation in order to provide more workshops and help students develop their own campaigns to promote tolerance and peace.
TRUST was formed as SUNY Oswego's contribution to a 33-campus pilot project sponsored by the National Communication Association, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Association for Higher Education and Campus Compact.
The workshop, designed by the communication studies students, incorporated not only information derived from course work, but also materials provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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