Sacred Heart junior, Kayla Malcolm-Joseph, was the recipient of the Racial Justice Scholarship Award, presented by the YWCA for her "commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in her school and community" alongside three other Greenwich students.
Kayla exemplifies Goal III, a social awareness which impels to action, through her leadership roles on campus. She is the co-president of the diversity, equity, and inclusion club "Intersection" and the co-head of the student sect of Voice of Community. Kayla works closely alongside many teachers including Mrs. Kerry Bader, Upper School Ethics and Morality teacher and Upper School Community Service Coordinator, who nominated Kayla for this prestigious recognition.
Below is an excerpt from an article originally published by The Greenwich Time.
Student Kayla Malcolm-Joseph poses at YWCA Greenwich's Stand Against Racism event outside of Town Hall in Greenwich, Conn., on Friday April 23, 2021. This small in-person gathering included the awarding of the Racial Justice Scholarships by the Superintendent of Greenwich Public Schools to four students and brief remarks from the First Selectman and YWCA Greenwich...
Kayla Malcolm-Joseph, a student at Sacred Heart Greenwich who was honored at the event, attended with her mother and teacher. She said she wanted to celebrate how much the racial justice movement has progressed since slavery.
“I think that being able to stand up here with students of all different racial backgrounds and socioeconomic backgrounds just shows how we are moving in the right direction,” she said.
The 11th-grader said her generation is entering a new era after the death of George Floyd showed many young people that racism is still a prevalent and pervasive issue.
“This is an issue that we still face, and it hasn’t been left in the ‘60s, and it’s probably not going to leave during our lifetime unless we do something now,” Malcolm-Joseph said...
Each year, the YWCA Greenwich recognizes students for their commitment to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in their school and/or community, Crosby said. This year, the students chosen “represent that hope and action,” she said.