November 29, 2016 • Anonymous
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On Monday, November 14, first year Castle Scholars
embarked on a journey to the Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice (NMSSJ) in Brooklyn, New York, to teach high school students about the power of prejudice.
James Jones, professor of world religions
and African studies
, and his teaching assistant, Tashae Smith ‘17, along with 13 of their students led discussions surrounding the texts used in their Power of Prejudice class: “The Nature of Prejudice” by Gordon Allport, “The Beauty Myth” by Naomi Wolf, “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg, and “Racial Healing” by Harlon L. Dalton.
The students of NMSSJ were all engaged and energetic. There was a very positive learning environment created, which optimized the involvement and general enjoyment from each person. Students and educators alike gained meaningful insight through the discussions held.
NMSSJ opened in September of 2014 with a specific mission in mind: to create socially conscious leaders through a challenging curriculum that incorporates service trips, collaborative projects, travel abroad, and internships.
Written by Daneil Chambers ‘20
Edited by Emily Behnke ‘18
Pictured Above from Left to Right :
First Row: TA Tashae Smith ‘17, Prof. James Jones
2nd Row: Alina Mardanova, Ameerah Thomas, Ashley Thomas, Pamela Guerrero, Jeanine Castagna, Daneil Chambers
3rd Row: Karisa Campbell, Maria Shea, Isabella Mercaldo, Shane Lee, John Calicchia, Dominick Ferrara, Errica Moran
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James JonesTashae SmithCastle Scholars ProgramWorld ReligionsAfrican StudiesFirst Year Seminar