Student Interviews Dr. Florio

Senior Karina Bolling and Dr. Florio Discuss School Equity Issues
Posted on 01/08/2018
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Senior Karina Bolling recently had the opportunity to sit down with CREC's Executive Director, Dr. Greg Florio, to talk about school equity issues for the Engagement Activity she is working on for her senior-year Global Politics class. 

Ms. Bolling is looking into the issue of equal access to education and social development and identified Dr. Florio as a resource to learn more about these issues.  The two talked about a range of topics, including the role that Connecticut's system of property taxes play in the contribution to a system of unequal access to high-quality education.  The conversation also delved into the role that institutional racism played in creating segregation in Connecticut. 

The Engagement Activity is a component of her two year course in Global Politics in MLC's IB Diploma Program.  The Engagement Activity gives students the opportunity to recognize and apply how theories, ideas and concepts learned in the classroom apply to their local and regional communities.  Not only is the Engagement Activity designed to make educational connections outside the classroom, but it also functions to develop interpersonal skills related to conducting interviews, setting up meetings, and conducting any follow up phone calls.  Ms. Bolling's work will include complementary research and result in a 2,000 word report. 

For Ms. Bolling, the activity has been empowering in many ways. She had the following to say about the value she sees in the Engagement Activity:  “Engaging in political conversations, particularly between students and adults with authority, is critical in solving regional and global issues. Many do not realize the positive impact that the simple start of a conversation can have. I think students getting more engaged is a necessary way to combat issues, build relationships in the community, understand different perspectives, and seek change for problems [that] affect more people than we think.”