Boston, MA -- In mid-November, the Jeremiah E. Burke High School, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) in conjunction with the
One Americainitiative hosted a discussion with 200 students from the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester, Massachusetts addressing the issues of diversity and unity in our public schools.
The discussion was moderated by Setti D. Warren, Regional Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency office in Boston and Jan Paschal, the Secretary's Regional Representative for the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, the two agencies will launch a State Youth Task Force pilot
Program involving 15-20 students selected from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve on a new State Youth Task Force. The role of the State Youth Task Force will be to identify and address issues about safety in our schools as well as develop strategies for the growing diversity in our schools.
The State Youth Task Force members were nominated by their school's headmaster or the Mayor of their respective cities or towns to participate in this new pilot program. The students will have a series of follow-up meetings in December and January to develop diversity and school safety strategies.
In June 1997, the creation of the President's Initiative on Race was announced. This year's theme, "Many Paths, One Journey: Building One America," reflects our commitment to educating students on diversity-related issues and providing all students with the opportunity to succeed in our ever increasing multicultural world. . This initiative was designed to help the United States build
One Americain the 21st century to develop a nation of people who respect their diversity and embrace the values that unite them.