Students from Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica and Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board of education vice president Oscar de la Torre will participate in the University of Judaism Prejudice Awareness Summit.

The summit, to be held Wednesday, February 21st, at the University of Judaism in Bel-Air, is limited to invited guests.

During daylong activities, 250 middle school students from Southern California public and parochial schools explore issues of prejudice and learn to embrace tolerance by embracing diversity.

Jewish Women International created the annual summit in 1992 and the organization continues to assist with the event.

Group exercises that encourage honest and open dialogue help the diverse group of middle school students understand the experience of prejudice and allow them to explore their own feelings.

They learn about the roots of prejudice and its damaging effects, how to reduce harmful actions and techniques to resolve conflicts in a mature manner.

De la Torre, who is also the founder and executive director of the Pico Youth and Family Center, will give an assembly address.

The Pico Youth and Family Center is based in Santa Monica and provides programs and services to prevent gang violence and stop youths from joining gangs.

Information, www.uj.edu, www.picoyouth.org or (310) 396-7101.

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