A study conducted by UCLA found that students who are exposed to diverse cultures are more tolerant and less prejudiced towards other students. ECS offers a rigorous curriculum and a diverse environment for students to learn and grow into quality stewards of their communities. Learn more about how ECS creates a diverse environment for students in the Univision 34 Los Angeles clip!
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BY CLAUDIA BOTERO
Leon Krauze: The importance of children and adolescents studying in schools that offer ethnic diversity has been proven. Claudia Botero explains why it is key for the future of our children.
Claudia Botero: Enthusiasm and pride was felt in the auditorium at El Camino College
Jennifer Banuelos: I’m going to Yale University. I chose it to make my parents proud.
Claudia Botero: 115 youth received their diplomas from Environmental Charter School, and the vast majority will continue their studies.
KC Villoria: 97% were accepted into a four-year university.
Claudia Botero: But despite this important achievement, these students, like Selena Melgoza who will be attending UC Berkeley, recognize that to be successful in this new stage of their lives, they will have to integrate with students from other cultures.
Selena Melgoza: I want to be in a diverse area. I feel like that way you learn more, you grasp other cultures, and I feel like that way, you are more open-minded to new things.
Claudia Botero: A new UCLA study found that young people who are exposed to different ethnic groups from an early age are more tolerant and less prejudiced toward other students.
Sara Diaz: Offer the students different experiences. What we are doing is acclimating them to a world that doesn’t look like them or doesn’t reflect what their experiences.
KC Villoria: And when they are not in a diverse group, they lose that opportunity to learn from others.
Claudia Botero: And that is why this high school offers courses about diversity in universities, since many come from communities of minority ethnic groups.
KC Villoria: When students get to college, the majority of students are Caucasian or Asian, so they are not in a group where they could see themselves in that group.
Sara Diaz: Teachers try to show them different perspectives, and through that, they have an idea of what they will find when they get to college.
Claudia Botero: And unfortunately, if they do not receive this type of help, many students end up leaving their studies because of the difficulties with the adaptation in universities. The study also found that students feel safer and there is less bullying in more diverse schools. Transmitting live from Los Angeles, I am Claudia Botero. Leon, we go back to you.
Leon Krauze: Very interesting analysis. Thank you, Claudia Botero.