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Champions Chain Reaction

Champions Chain Reaction

On August 8th, The WIE CHAMPIONS held a "Chain Reaction" where each person shared the things in his life that formulated his initial prejudices toward people not like them and what they've done to change this attitude. The purpose of the "Chain Reaction" is for members of the group to get to know each other better and "get ahead of the curve thus preventing what happened in Charlottesville and other areas in the country".  Comments from participants were things like "It made me feel uncomfortable but I found out that there were others who've had similar experiences", "Being able to share my experiences made me realize how far I've come toward being more acceptable of others", "I now have a bond and an appreciation of others of different cultures".

The 2+ hour session was moderated by Gwen Garnett, WIE COO and Program Coordinator.  WIE's consultants are experts in conducting authentic and meaningful conversations that build trust across race and culture.

The Champions are the men's affiliate of WIE and support its mission — "Building Trust Across Race and Culture".  The group meets for breakfast the last Wednesday of the month from 7:30 - 8:30 at The Mayobird on East Boulevard.

Learning BuddyCalling all tutors and mentors! Dilworth Elementary is recruiting Learning Buddies for the 2017-2018 school year. No prior tutoring or mentoring experience is needed. All needed materials and instructions will be provided. We welcome anyone who is interested. 

When: Tuesday or Thursday morning from 7:15 am - 8:00 am beginning in October. 

If neither of these times works for you, we can help identify another time during the school day that works for both you and your Learning Buddy.

Interested?  Contact:

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SOCCERWest Charlotte did not have a boys’ soccer team the last few years because they did not have a coach, even though there was interest from the students. When I learned about this, I volunteered to work with others to rebuild the program. The school committed one full-time staff member, Joe Johnson (the school chef and former soccer coach), to work with me to try to make this happen. I spoke to a couple new professors at Davidson College, Dan Layman and Dylan Fitz, who agreed to come on board. We also brought with us two Davidson students, Richy Tovar ‘19 and Jaris Scott ‘18. In the spring, we started recruiting students and playing weekly pick-up games. And, this summer, we have been running workouts.

So, this fall, Davidson College professors in sociology (me), economics (Dylan), and philosophy (Dan), Davidson College students in sociology (Jaris--who is also a wide receiver on the football team) and in biology and communication studies (Richy--who is also a Bonner Scholar), Coach Joe Johnson, and fifteen or so West Charlotte High School students will revive the boys’ soccer program. Most of the students are first and second generation immigrants from different corners of the world. They are very eager and excited to represent their school. Meet the squad here.

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