Neutral Zone-SEED

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is partnering with the Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor’s teen center, to engage high school students to use the exhibition RACE: Are We So Different? as a catalyst for community change.

The Neutral Zone is fostering a youth leadership team to facilitate youth-led dialogues for high school students who visit the RACE exhibition. In order to build more substantive and sustainable change, the students will also work to build Diversity Councils at selected local high schools to address issues of school climate such as harassment, bullying, conflict and negative stereotypes.

The team of youth facilitators has been preparing by participating in a comprehensive leadership training program focused on dialogue and facilitation during the summer, fall and winter of 2012 at the Neutral Zone. From February–April 2013, audiences of high school students will visit the exhibition at the Museum of Natural History and engage in a reflective dialogue led by Neutral Zone youth facilitators. Ongoing summits and workshops to build diversity councils will take place at the Neutral Zone and on school sites during the summer and fall of 2013.

This project is generously supported by DTE Energy Foundation, Key Bank and the Michigan Humanities Council and National Endowment for the Humanities.