sumant-bhat“I’ve seen firsthand how hearing stories from one another can help build previously unseen connections between individuals from different social circles. These stories often reveal what is beneath the surface for those around us, illuminating a depth of character and life experience that we could not possibly know otherwise.”

Sumant Bhat is head of the middle school at St. Anne’s Episcopal School in Colorado. Read his whole essay via Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.