Diversity Week

The week of February 5th to 9th the counseling center hosted the Oquirrh Hills Middle School (OHMS) Diversity Week!  Diversity Week was created to

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The week of February 5th to 9th the counseling center hosted the Oquirrh Hills Middle School (OHMS) Diversity Week!  Diversity Week was created to encourage students to understand and respect a variety of people and situations within our wonderful community.

To show similarities and differences students participated in an activity where they approached a line marked on the floor when a question asked by their teacher applied to them.  The activity provided a visual reminder based on non-intrusive questions ranging from their favorite cereal, to feeling peer-pressure, and finally a unifying action of everyone being a part of the OHMS family.
Students learned about discrimination and wrote down a situation when they, or someone close to them, were treated unfairly or unequally.  They then taped the small brightly colored papers to the Wall of Intolerance located at the base of the lunch room hallway. Over the next few days a separate wall called the Wall of Tolerance was constructed next to the former wall.  Students took a situation brick from the Wall of Intolerance and respectfully wrote down ways for the other student to combat discrimination using strategies of Speaking Up, Giving Information, Refusing to Participate, and Taking Action.

To end Diversity Week we had a Mix It Up lunch.  Students were given a colored card that corresponded to a colored balloon attached to the tables.  Students were encouraged to talk to someone they didn’t know at their balloon.  If they provided their colored card answering some questions about their new acquaintance they were rewarded with a prize.

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