Stanford University educates Salinas high schoolers on global issues

To help young people better understand the world around them, Stanford University is educating high school students about national security and global issues.

Everett Alvarez and Alisal High School students participated in the Stanford Program on International and Intercultural Education (SPICE). The program aims to expand its knowledge and raise awareness on issues such as terrorism and the fight against terrorism, international security and nuclear weapons, ethnic cleansing and genocide and biosecurity.

“Awareness has been raised about VOCID, mass atrocities and guns,” said Alisal student Ashley Corral. “I’ve never really touched on the subject, and it was very helpful that students in the Salinas Valley could have that opportunity.”

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Students completed the 12-week college course with instruction from academics and experts, in addition to their regular high school work.

“We have to learn about the pandemic and think of ways to deal with it and try to avoid something like that in the future,” Hunter Giraldez said. “It helps to know our government and what’s going on behind the scenes.”

Alisal High School students honored after completing national security seminar offered by Stanford University.

Students said the program served as a springboard to help them identify future careers and educational opportunities.

“Let me see if this is something I’m interested in,” Bilah Piceno said.

Stanford researcher and historian Dr. Ignacio Ornelas Rodriguez met with Alisal High School students to acknowledge their completion of the program. Rodriguez is a native of Salinas and said he was inspired to bring this type of educational experience to local students.

“Historically, this is a community that hasn’t always had opportunities,” he said. “There are people here who have come back and become leaders in education and politics.”

Rodriguez says he hopes to expand and continue the program.

“Any opportunity I have to present to students the career in the field, especially those who are going to be the first in the family to go to college, I want to do that,” he said. “For me, it’s about keeping equity and that concept of social justice in mind and bridging that gap between high school and college.”

Dr. Ignacio Ornelas Rodríguez gives a speech in honor of the students of the Alisal Institute who participate in the national security seminar.

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