LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. — Siena College will kick-off Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend by hosting hundreds of middle and high school students for its ninth annual STOP -- Students Together Opposing Prejudice -- conference.
The conference will be held in the Sarazen Student Union and Siena Hall Friday, January 17, from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
"The STOP Conference at Siena College does something that no other gathering in the Capital District does. It bring together more than 200 area students from various schools, geographic location and privilege to discuss the reality of violence and prejudice in our schools," said Peter Ellard, Ph.D. chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Lecture Series Advisory Board and associate vice president for academic affairs.
Students begin their day with a large group session, and then divide into small groups for workshops led by facilitators. During the sessions, students participate in activities and discussions regarding issues of tolerance and respect.
Organizers hope that as a result of the conference, Siena College sends the students and faculty members back to their schools as supporters for people in need.