Mutual Respect & Urban-Suburban ... since the 1960s

Mutual Respect & Urban-Suburban at WI
Posted on 07/25/2019

Picture of Rorie Trammel and the 1979 Graduating class at IHS

Rorie Trammel, a 1979 IHS graduate, is now an associate director of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis. She recently blogged about her experiences growing up in the City of Rochester while also attending West Irondequoit Schools. Trammel was among the first students to participate in the Urban-Suburban Interdistrict Transfer Program. This was the early 1960s in America and … this was a big change. 

"While most districts reported that racial imbalance was not a problem in their schools, the West Irondequoit School District, which had very few minority students, decided it wanted to give its students opportunities for cross-cultural interactions," writes Trammel, who has fond memories of those days.

She also says that West Irondequoit "gave me a great foundation to be successful in making a difference in this world." She wrote about the profound impact the Urban-Suburban Program had on her as a girl and teen.

"Participating in the Urban-Suburban program fostered in me a strong willingness and ability to have positive relationships with people of diverse ethnicities, nationalities and backgrounds," Trammel wrote. "Having the experience of friendships with children of other races gave me a natural desire to respect and develop an understanding of differences."

To read her entire blog, click here.