Schools’ cultural exchange builds connections

By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer


Among the participants of this year’s cultural exchange with Hudson High School (HHS) and Boston Day and Evening Academy (BDEA) students are (l to r) Joseph Lewis, BDEA junior; Alicia Sagastume, HHS senior; Masiah Jones, 2016 BDEA alum; and Sam Tipps, HHS senior. Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Hudson – A group of Hudson High School (HHS) ninth- through 12th-graders of elective classes including conflict resolution, ethics and sociology welcomed guests March 7 from Boston Day and Evening Academy (BDEA), an alternative public charter high school in Roxbury. They all participated together in a cultural exchange known as Breaking Stereotypes and Building Connections. This past fall, the HHS students visited their BDEA counterparts at the school near Dudley Square.

The long-running program continued this school year with funding from a grant presented by the Hudson Cultural Council.

The cultural exchange was co-founded in 2002 by Brian Daniels, then a HHS social studies teacher and now principal of 1Lt. Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School in Marlborough. Daniels had previously taught in Boston with the exchange co-founder Connie Borab, now a BDEA humanities teacher. The idea to develop an exchange was explained by HHS social studies teacher Caitlyn Murphy, who has been involved in the program in some capacity since 2003 and coordinated it for the past seven years.

“When Brian came to teach in Hudson, he was struck by the incredible difference in the cultures between the two groups of students and their lack of understanding of each other,” Murphy noted. “At the time, Connie was teaching at New Mission High School [in Hyde Park], so they created this opportunity for their students to come together. When Connie moved to BDEA, the program moved with her. The exchange has occurred in some form every year since its inception.”

Joining Murphy and Borab as facilitators for the…

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