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his is social worker Marlo
Engler's first year at
Berkley High School, and
she's really glad to be
"I'm impressed every day with the
level of involvement and concern of
the community, school and stu-
dents," she said.
A case in point was the Sept. 30
peer-training session run by the
Anti-Defamation League's World of
Difference Institute, in which 20
students and 10 staff members
learned to facilitate anti-bias activi-
ties for the rest of the school. The
district made the commitment to
the three-part ADL training to give
the high school community tools to
fight bias of all sorts — bias based
on race, religion, sex, age, appear-
ance or any of the other differences
that divide human beings.
Running the training session were
Meredith Laban, who directs the
World of Difference program, and
Corey James, an ADL trainer.
"When I went in, I thought we'd
be sitting still and listening to peo-
ple speak," Engler said. "The 'fact
that it was a hands-on activity,
where we got up and . actually partic-
ipated in the activities we're going to
lead, was important. Every student
I've talked to since then was very
excited about it."
At Berkley High School, each stu-
dent's schedule includes a home-
room seminar either two or three
times a week, she said. Once the
ADL training is completed, partici-
pants will lead World of Difference
activities in every homeroom semi-
nar in the school.
The Sept. 30 session began with
each participant making a sculpture
from wire pipe cleaners. They were
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At the ADL's World of Difference peer-training program, Antoine Hall, 15, of Oak
Park and Jess Konal, 14, of Berkley describe the many textures of their lives through