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Westport Teen Essay Contest Focuses On White Privilege

Team Westport and The Westport Library will host a Teen Diversity Essay Contest.
Team Westport and The Westport Library will host a Teen Diversity Essay Contest. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- TEAM Westport and The Westport Library Announce are co-sponsoring the fourth 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.

The focus of this fourth essay contest is the issue of ‘white privilege,’ which surfaced as a topic during the recent presidential election. This year’s invitation states, “In 1,000 words or less, describe how you understand the term ‘white privilege’. To what extent do you think this privilege exists? What impact do you think it has had in your life—whatever your racial or ethnic identity—and in our society more broadly?”

Applications for the contest are available on the TEAM Westport website, . Essays are due Feb. 27, 2017. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Westport Library on April 3, 2017. 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.

Individuals or organizations who would like to participate in sponsorship of the contest are invited to contribute via the website ( www.teamwestport.org ) or by contacting TEAM Westport via info@teamwestport.org. All contributions are deductible to the extent permitted by law.

TEAM Westport is the official Town committee focused on making Westport an increasingly welcoming, multicultural community with regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and sexual identity. TEAM is an acronym standing for “Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism.” TEAM Westport was launched as a Selectman’s Task Force in 2003 and became a standing town committee in 2005.

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