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Conference at Manhattanville College Looks to Bring Police and Teens Together
Friday, 17 January 2014 13:54

Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for NonviolenceThe Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence and the Manhattanville College Duchesne Center for Social & Religious Justice have teamed up to put on “Walking in Other People’s Shoes,” at the College on Feb. 1.

The event is designed to bring local middle and high school students together with law enforcement and other concerned adults to begin a dialogue and hopefully find an understanding between the two groups.

“With his words and by example, Dr. King charged us to seek justice and fight injustice -- but not to fight people,” Julie Carran, chair of the Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence, said. “By bringing young people and officers together to air differences and find some common ground, we hope to take small steps toward the ultimate goal of creating communities where everyone has reason to feel safe, protected and respected.”

The center has partnered with the Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence on conferences for more than 12 years.

“This yearly event is another example of mutual service-learning and how Manhattanville is engaged in its local community,” Rev. Wil Tyrrell, director of the Duchesne Center and Catholic chaplain at Manhattanville, said. “It is also how our students learn about the social issues affecting our neighbors, and how we are part of the solution.”

Experienced facilitators will run workshops with small groups and use exercises and role-playing to explore each side’s perception of the other, how expectations shape behaviors and how they can create a better relationship between the young people and adults.

The sponsoring organizations are reaching out to homeless shelters, community groups, religious institutions and schools to invite students, however all students ages 11 through 18 are invited. Also parents, caregivers, youth group leaders, and other adults concerned with the future of the youth are invited.

The conference will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $5 donation is requested as admission, but nobody will be turned away.

Manhattanville College is located at 2900 Purchase St., Purchase, N.Y., 10577. For more information about the event, call (914)949-6555, or email, info@MLKWestchester.org