Lindbergh High School senior Amela Sijecic was honored with the Princeton University Prize for Race Relations April 5 for her work to make progress toward racial equity in the Lindbergh community. She was presented the award during an all-school assembly.
Sijecic is founder and president of a program at the high school called SIDE With Us (Students Improving Diversity and Equity). As a Muslim student with immigrant parents, she has personally experienced discrimination. Her goal was to create a safe space where students can speak about harassment, discrimination, racism and social equity issues. The detailed curriculums she developed have been implemented in Lindbergh and neighboring districts.
Sijecic received a cash prize of $1,000 and a weekend at the Symposium on Race at Princeton University.