On Saturday, April 17, 2010, Citizens Project hosted the inaugural Citizen’s Religious Freedom Institute, which focused on how the First Amendment to the US Constitution protects religious freedom in public schools. It was a resounding success! Over 30 participants learned how the law defines religious freedom in the public school setting, about best practices for schools to respect all students’ religious freedom, and how to be an advocate for religious freedom in schools.
Attendees included parents, teachers, school board members, as well as students. In their evaluations, participants gave the main legal presentation a score of 4.8 out 5, and most said they would apply what they had learned. Their comments showed how much of an impact the event had:
“This was incredibly insightful and I found this day particularly rewarding.”
“I learned about things I’d only had a very abstract understanding of.”
“My beliefs about religious diversity in public schools have changed, in that I need to think more about what is respectful and inclusive.”
Speakers at the event included Eric Hall, attorney at law with Rothgerber Johnson and Lyons, who presented First Amendment Fundamentals; Lindsey Hodel, a community organizer and consultant for Crossroads Campaign Solutions, presented strategies to organize for social change. The day included group exercises, an interactive panel and activities to advance participants’ knowledge.
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