Students play an important role in the movement to end discrimination and eliminate racial disparities. If you are a high-school, college or graduate student, you can take action by working with ERASE Racism:
- Student Leadership Program (high-school)
- Internship/Fellowships (all ages)
- Volunteer (all ages)
- Student Voices (all ages)
ERASE Racism’s Student Leadership Program is a series of workshops that teaches high-school students about the history of race and racism in the U.S. and how it continues to have an impact on Long Island. Students also learn about ways to work in their own community to bring about more racial equity.
Have a look at our photo gallery to see photos of students participating in the November 5, 2011 Third Annual Student Leadership Forum.
"I had a blast interacting in activities and meeting new people, and I think ERASE Racism is such a great program because it makes our generation know what is going on. So I thank you, yet again for giving me an experience that I will remember forever.” -2009 Student Participant
ERASE Racism’s internships and fellowships are invaluable opportunities to gain non-profit and advocacy experience, strengthen research skills, and learn about project development, fundraising and new media.
“My work with ERASE Racism not only strengthened my research and advocacy skills, but it also deepened my commitment to become a civil rights lawyer and fight for racial equity.” -2008 Fellow
You can support our efforts to bring about racial equity by volunteering. We are dedicated to matching your skills and interests to projects that will be fun and meaningful.
"Volunteering for ERASE Racism has been an empowering and eye-opening experience. It has reshaped my view of the place I have called home and has informed my understanding of the obstacles that it faces." -2011 Volunteer
Erika Vidal, Grade 12
After reflecting on my week spent here at ERASE Racism I am extremely pleased that this is where I chose to do my service project for school. Throughout my entire high school career I have been involved with my school’s Diversity Committee and taken advantage of opportunities such as the Student Diversity Leadership Conference, that promote racial, social, and economic equality. After experiences like these it only seemed fit to work here for the week.
My experience here started off with simple tasks like updating the database. Although I knew that task would be helpful to the organization, I wanted to be involved with tasks that were more directly related to the cause. I got my opportunity to do so when Olivia allowed me to write a student voice. My first student voice was about the importance of diversity in my life.
I enjoyed writing my first student voice so much Olivia allowed me to write two more one on affirmative action and this one! Aside from updating the database and writing student voices we also got to watch some documentaries and movies such as Race: The power of an Illusion and Double Victory. I had a wonderful experience at Erase Racism and enjoyed the opportunities I was given to be involved with the organization. I am looking forward to working at the student forum in June and continuing to be involved with ERASE Racism as a Partner for Racial Equity throughout the summer!
The main reason why I want to become active in the fight to eliminate discrimination and racism is for two reasons: 1) I was born in a diverse area of Queens and now that I live in a predominately white community I miss being able to make friends with people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds 2) I always have wanted to be comfortable in this world and I want future generations to feel comfortable knowing that they will not be judged based on the color of their skin. I believe that racism and discrimination is still creating a harmful situation for all of us and I want to see the end of it.