Teen Diversity Essay Contest 2020

In order to increase awareness and promote understanding in the arenas of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and gender-identity, TEAM Westport and The Westport Library are co-sponsoring the Seventh Annual Teen Diversity Essay Contest for students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 who attend Staples High School or another school in Westport, or reside in Westport and attend school elsewhere.
 
While last year’s TEAM Westport contest focused on microaggressions, this year’s challenge asks you to examine stereotypes, which often inspire microaggressions and fuel bias and overt racism.

Essay Topic

A stereotype is a widely-held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a person, frequently based on that person’s race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or gender-identity. Stereotypes are often unconscious and may be introduced and reinforced—intentionally or unwittingly–by many sources, including family, peers, the popular media, curricula, and

Essay Process

Essays are due no later than February 28, 2020

Click here for Contest Application [PDF]

Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Westport Library on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 6:30 pm. Subject to the volume and caliber of entries received, at the discretion of the judges up to three prizes will be awarded. The first prize is $1,000, the second is $750, and the third prize is $500. Essay Poster

The mission of TEAM (Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism) Westport is to achieve and celebrate a more welcoming, multicultural community.

Issues stemming from multicultural shortcomings are national problems. Yet they exist in Westport and Weston, too. Achieving and celebrating “a more welcoming, multicultural community” offers us a tangible, achievable objective for community action as well as opportunities for individual commitment. 

If our neighbors represent all the parts of the world in which we live, that will strengthen the community’s fabric – the way our lives interact.

We will do a better job of preparing our children for their future.

Our lively civic discourse will become even richer when additional diverse viewpoints are represented.

And perhaps most importantly, we will increase the possibility that each of us — in our own ways and in our own lives -— will experience, enjoy and grow from the richness of diversity in our community.

Click here to support the work of TEAM Westport to achieve, extend and celebrate a more multicultural community.

Your contribution will help support:

  • Teen Essay Contest
  • Special Events Programming
  • Other Initiatives

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