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'Will you accept me as I am?': Tulsa teens discuss race, gender and interacting with peers at school

Kateleigh Mills / KOSU
left to right: Melanie Lara-Valladolid and Dykota Williamson

StateImpact is on a listening tour with Oklahoma’s youth. And we’ve brought along our microphones.

StateImpact’s Robby Korth and KOSU’s Kateleigh Mills talked to a couple of Tulsa high school students about race, gender and how they interact with their peers at school.

Dykota Williamson and Melanie Lara-Valladolid are involved in the Tulsa Changemakers program. The organization introduced StateImpact to them.

This conversation was produced by grants from the Education Writers Association and America Amplified.

The mission of the Education Writers Association is to strengthen the community of education writers and improve the quality of education coverage to better inform the public.

The America Amplified initiative using community engagement to inform and strengthen local, regional and national journalism. America Amplified is a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Robby Korth joined KOSU as its news director in November 2022.
Kateleigh Mills is the Special Projects reporter for KOSU.