Neighborhood residents are invited to share their wisdom and experiences with students at a two-day conference on race and racism, “We Can Make a World of Difference,” at Jefferson Middle School of Durant.

The middle school, located at 324 Maple St., is seeking community members to present 45-minute student workshops on April 17, the first day of the event. Workshops, which will run from 9 a.m. to 4: 15 p.m. (with a break for lunch), should be designed to stimulate discussion and generate ideas for solving racial problems.

Suggested topics include “How I Dealt with Racism in School,” “Living Between Two Cultures,” “Assimilation Versus Acculturation,” and “Where Does Racism Come From?” Workshop leaders may also propose their own areas of focus.

The conference will culminate on the 11th with a student assembly in the morning, and a multicultural student fair from 2:30 to 4:15 p.m. in the afternoon. Durant residents can assist with the fair by donating food, or by helping with art displays or music and dance performances.

According to Principal of the Jefferson Middle School, the students here, who are between the ages of 11 and 15, “have a great need to better understand their world and the ways in which problems can be solved. A focus on [finding] solutions to issues revolving around racism . . . will help bring us together.”

If you are interested in helping out at the conference, please call to the school administration directly. All the help is needed. You can offer yourself as a volunteer spending only a few hours at school.