Students in Racial Awareness understand the importance of engaging in conversations about race at the high school, as this influenced their application.

Senior Elliot Lazarova-Weng applied for Racial Awareness because he believed a course centered around conversations about race was necessary to his education. He also noticed a disturbing absence of these discussions within the mainstream curriculum. Yet, the course fell short of what he had envisioned.

Currently the course is led by math teacher Hayley Wells and science teacher Kathryn Wong. As outlined in the syllabus, the goal of the seminar is to explore the complexities of race and racism, yet Wong has a slightly smaller personal objective.

“At the end of the year, I just really want to see that students have gained just a little bit more knowledge and a little bit more awareness than they ha