Professionalism standards in the workplace are often deeply rooted in white Western culture. Aysa Gray explores these biases, the impact they have, and offers steps to create a more inclusive environment, all of which have strong implications in the workplace and our students' educational experience.
Thank you all who attended the Equity Symposium. Please find below the opening from Superintendent Enfield, the panel video and the breakout group videos and articles.
The below video and articles were shared during the Equity Symposium and discussed in breakout groups.
Participants will view a TED talk from an Indigenous speaker who shares current experiences with colonial violence and shares ways for BIPOC to interrupt or respond when racist acts occur. Viewers will also see an exemplar of a decolonization lesson from a local tribal member.
These two resources were cultivated by Black educators written by Black women. One resource is a celebration and reflection on Black liberators in the US, and the other resource explores the work of abolition in schools.
Written by someone who identifies as Asian, this session uses this article to encourage how non-Black people of color can start and engage in conversations regarding the anti-Blackness within our respective communities. Then provides additional resources/suggestions on next steps and other actions.
A dive into how the perception of universal success among Asian-Americans is being wielded to downplay racism's role in the persistent struggles of other minority groups, especially black Americans.
An introspective article on how white supremacy values can be internalized and translated as anti-blackness. The author examines the dynamics that are used to drive a racial wedge between Latinx, Indigenous, and Black communities.
Teaching Tolerance talks with Robin DiAngelo, author of 'White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism', about her background as a teacher educator, her conception of “white fragility” and her thoughts on teacher accountability.
Dr. Michelle Alexander discusses her new book, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness," where she argues that a new generation of young, black men have come under the control of the criminal justice system due to drug and crime policies of the last 30 years.
Author Ibram x. Kendi shares the essence of antiracism, explores what an antiracist society might look like and how we can play a role in building it.
Highline Public Schools is deeply engaged in work around equity, race and identity to better foster and support an environment in which our students, families, and staff grow, thrive, and succeed. The Equity Symposium is one opportunity for all staff to engage in dialogue and learning of racial equity.
Historic decisions and current inequitable practices advantage certain students while disadvantaging others. Highline seeks to be a leader in being an anti-racist organization focused on eliminating racism, racial and other identity inequities, and institutional bias. This intentional focus, when implemented well and with fidelity, should result in increased achievement by our students, both in school and after graduation.