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.
Please choose an article or video below to discuss during the Breakout Group Session of the Equity Symposium. Based on your selected topic, you will join the corresponding Breakout Group session Zoom link.
In Breakout Groups, you will be greeted by a session moderator and discuss the article or video.
Please read or view ahead of time to engage in the discussion.
Zoom links for the breakout groups will be shared the morning of the Symposium via email.
Breakout Sessions and Materials
Sessions for all
Open to any and all races.
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.
Sessions for Black, Indigenous and People Of Color
These sessions are specifically for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, we ask if you do not identify as such, please do not pick any of these sessions.
These groups are important as it provides a space for staff to share their individual and unique experiences of identity, race and culture. We believe in the power of this space to address isolation and encourage our shared responsibility to dismantle inequities in our teams, in our schools and our system.
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.
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