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Resident helps students beat prejudice

Valencia resident Sarah Rensin facilitates awareness summit for middle-school students

Posted: March 14, 2009 1:33 a.m.
Updated: March 14, 2009 4:30 a.m.
When American Jewish University held its 11th annual Prejudice Awareness Summit on Feb. 25, Valencia resident Sarah Rensin was one of the facilitators for almost 200 students attending from middle schools from all over the Los Angeles area.

The PAS program consists of group exercises that encourage honest and open dialogue to help the diverse group of middle school students understand the experience of prejudice and allow them to explore their own feelings.

Also taught are the damaging effects and roots of prejudice.

Jewish Women International created the PAS in 1992 and continues to assist with the event which is presented under the direction of Behavioral Sciences Chair, Dr. Sue Kapitanoff.

"The Prejudice Awareness Summit," said Kapitanoff, "is a wonderful opportunity for students from diverse backgrounds to learn about each other, and about prejudice and how to change it."

Rensin is one of 25 AJU students who facilitated the program after completing the Psychology of Prejudice course along with special training for the summit.

A graduate of Saugus High School and AJU's College of Arts and Sciences, Rensin is currently a student in AJU's Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies.

Dr. William Gregory Sawyer, vice president for Students Affairs at California State University, Channel Islands, was well-received by the students as the keynote speaker.


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