SMSD Students Receive Prize in Race Relations

SMSD Students Receive Prize in Race Relations
Shawnee Mission School District

The Greater Kansas City Committee of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations is honoring three students from the Shawnee Mission School District.

They are honored for their work to advance racial equity and understanding in their schools and in the Kansas City community. The honorees are Samantha Morinville and Ore Oluwa Oni, both SM North juniors, and Laylan Hamid, Shawnee Mission West senior.

Morinville and Oni are members of the executive committee of Shawnee Mission North’s Coalition of Racial Equity (CORE). They also have created a college advising program to extend CORE’s reach to middle school students to help them be successful in multiple facets of life.

“Both students are committed to finding best ways to protect, enhance and promote the rights of all students throughout the school, and expand this vision throughout the district,” Debbie Scott Williams, co-chair of the prize wrote in a summary.

Hamid is honored for her work to push diversity, equity, and inclusion in curriculum and has worked to educate individuals about how outdated and inaccurate depictions affect her and students of marginalized groups. 

“She works diligently to create a space for all other students to value deep and honest conversations about other cultures and social justice issues at her school and abroad,” Williams wrote about Hamid.

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations is a program sponsored by Princeton University and undertaken by its alumni. The program has honored 1,600 high school students who, through volunteer activities, have undertaken significant efforts to advance racial equity and understanding in their schools or communities, according to the website.