A group of dedicated Williamson County high school students are leading the way to get engaged in their community, fight for social justice, and build a meaningful club that can help tip the scales with admission to competitive colleges. These teens are a part of the Diversity Leadership Project, sponsored by Franklin educational planning firm College Path Consultants.
These students work to identify social justice issues and brainstorm ways to tackle them within their school, neighborhood and community as a whole. Along the way, they learn nonviolent communication techniques and develop compassion and understanding of diverse cultures. They also engage in meaningful community service activities that go beyond merely looking good on a college application.
Randall Bedwell is a former college professor, a nationally-recognized college planning expert, and president of College Path Consultants, LLC. He serves as a mentor and guide to the group of Williamson County teens, alongside other community leaders.
“Our students learn about how to engage their community, increase their empathy toward others, and serve as leaders in opening a dialogue about social justice issues,” Bedwell said. “But, there is a strategic benefit: America’s top universities look more favorably on students who bring leadership in diversity and social justice issues to their campus. This shows compassion and empathy and allows students to show they are more than great test scores and a high GPA.”
According to Maggie Herndon, a rising senior at Centennial High School and founding member of Diversity Leadership Project, “It is my responsibility to use my privilege to fight for those who do not have the opportunities that I do, who are consistently left out of the history books and treated as second-class citizens by other privileged individuals. This is my contribution.”
Diversity Leadership Project participants meet monthly at Westhaven Residents’ Club, and is establishing chapters in high schools across Williamson County. Students and parents can learn more by visiting the College Path Consultants website. The application process to participate in the project requires submitting your GPA and ACT scores, as well as a brief statement about future college ambitions. Students are expected to participate in their local chapters, write blogs about diversity and social justice, and participate in an annual conference, the first of which will be held in July.
About College Path Consultants
Based in Franklin, College Path Consultants helps families navigate the confusing and stressful college planning process with a full complement of services specifically tailored to your student’s needs. We align your student’s strengths and interests to post-secondary goals and empower them to discover their learning styles, interests, and passions as they explore college opportunities.