2010 Bezos Scholar Micaela Pacheco Ceballos and educator J.P. Caruso used their Local Ideas Festival, Multicultural Festival, to foster discussions about diversity and promote interaction between different racial, ethnic, and cultural groups.
“We want this to be just the beginning of long-term discussions that should be taking place within our school and our community about what it means to be a diverse high school, how we can foster this diversity, and why we should value diversity,” relates Micaela.
Throughout the week-long Multicultural Festival, students and the community participated in events and activities that promoted understanding and empathy. The Festival started on Monday with a talk on immigration from the ACLU. On Tuesday, Joe Starita spoke about his project Native Daughters, students viewed the film 9500 Liberty, and Dr. Dreher performed her award-winning one-woman show. On Wednesday, the school hosted a debate on multicultural education. In the afternoon, local filmmaker and Lincoln High School alumni, Natalia Ledford, shared her film on the Sudanese refugees in the Lincoln community. On Thursday, students heard a presentation from Lincoln High School alumni, Gary Hill on the importance of diversity and different perspectives. The Festival concluded Friday with a school-wide presentation from Christopher Benson and his work with Emmett Till’s mother Mamie Till, in connection to civil rights of today and the future.