KENILWORTH, NJ - The race relations efforts of Jazmine Shaw, a junior at David Brearly High School, were recently recognized by the Kenilworth School Board.
The board publicly noted that Shaw was honored earlier this year by the alumni of Princeton University. At a reception in Newark, she was given a certificate of accomplishment as a finalist for the annual Princeton University Prize in Race Relations, noted the board.
The purpose of the prize, according to the university, is to "promote harmony, respect and understanding among people of different races by identifying and recognizing high school age students whose efforts have had a significant, positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities," the board said.
Shaw serves on th executive board of the high school's Race Matters Alliance. The group hosts discussions - among parents, teachers students and administrators - about race.
"She has helped guide the group;s conversations, increased student and teacher participation in its meetings and expanded the scope of the group's activities by connecting with students from other high schools, doctoral candidates and university teaching students on diversity issues," said the board.
It noted that Shaw was invited by New York University's Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools to contribute to its blog. According to the board, Shaw's work "was published and subsequently tweeted out by the university."
The board said Shaw "continues to work tirelessly to build a bridge of understanding between people of different races and ethnicities and is determined to, in her words, 'change the world for the better.'"