HHS Responds hosts ‘fishbowl’ conversation on immigration

The fishbowl was organized by HHS Responds, a student group that brings together people of different backgrounds and ideologies to gain new perspective and understanding
November 15, 2018
Fishbowl circle

On Nov. 8, 72 Hopkins High School students gathered for a fishbowl conversation on the complicated subject of immigration. A fishbowl is specific structure to a group conversation that allows student to both listen and participate.

The fishbowl was organized by HHS Responds, a student group that brings together people of different backgrounds and ideologies to gain new perspective and understanding. For 90 minutes, students from Russia, China, Korea, Somalia, and the United States spoke their truth and shared their personal stories while also considering opposing points of view.

"We felt that the school atmosphere had become starkly polarized in terms of politics, and we thought that hosting a neutral space for members of both sides of the political spectrum would be good to increase awareness and inclusivity at our school," said Nafi Soumare, a student leader who helped organize the event.

In addition to the students, 12 staff members attended the fishbowl, including Hopkins High School principal Doug Bullinger and superintendent Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed. HHS Responds plans to host at least two more fishbowls yet this year on different controversial topics with the hope of having a positive impact on the Hopkins High School student body.

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