Southbay Equity Project – Renewed

Thanks to all who supported our first meeting on May 2nd! Check out our discussion/workshop registration page for more details and more meeting dates.

Our next meeting is on May 23d. In our first meeting, we covered some of these topics (below) – and each week we add to our web/literature/visual resources. Our FB page is the place to see all of our discussion topics – visit here!

Our group has two basic goals:

  • Empowering more educators to foster a culture of racial equity in classrooms
  • Empower our community to be catalysts for change in racial inequities in the South Bay

Guiding Themes

#Awareness – Make a perspective of Social Justice more accessible to your daily life.

#Ownership – Build a capacity to understand how your decisions ripple out

#Responsiveness – Practice how to take steps toward activism but not get overwhelmed

#Courage – Support your children through challenging experiences

Some topics may be sensitive and you are empowered to participate within your safe zone. 

Experiential Learning Circle

Kolb’s experiential learning theory works on two levels: a four-stage cycle of learning and four separate learning styles.  Much of Kolb’s theory is concerned with the learner’s internal cognitive processes.

Effective learning is seen when a person progresses through a cycle of four stages: of (1) having a concrete experience followed by (2) observation of and reflection on that experience which leads to (3) the formation of abstract concepts (analysis) and generalizations (conclusions) which are then (4) used to test hypothesis in future situations, resulting in new experiences.

Meeting #1 Notes

Topic A: Belonging

We belong to many groups at once

Finding common groups wherever you go

Try to find shared values with those who may be different everywhere you go

Belonging to a group doesn’t define a person – it is a part of who they are

Speaking generally may be fueled by good intentions but they can be inaccurate, misguided and even unfair

“Everyone in that neighborhood is poor”

“Homeschoolers are weird”

“Gay men are such good cooks”

“Little brothers are a bother”

“All asians are smart”

“Only rich kids go to that school” 

Generalizations minimize the complexity of a person

Some people have to respond to labels and generalizations more often than you think

Topic B: What you Know 

Continuum of Action – actively participating refers to oppression or prejuduce (Stop the Hate) 

The escalation of hate from the Anti-Defamation League

The pyramid of Alliance (also ADL)

You are getting in to the habit of seeing and appreciating each person as an individual

Humility & vulnerability can scaffold deeper understanding #Responsiveness

We are all on a “continuum of action” – we might be on different points on different issues

We come to issues of social justice/race/wealth & poverty/disabilities/gender from different starting points

We must become aware of our own beliefs and biases to fit other perspectives in our daily experience

Other continuum topics to explore:

classism

Ableism

Gender identity discrimination

Sexism

Ageism

Religious Identity

Something to keep in mind

We all have something(s) to teach and something(s) to learn

Intentional thoughts, words and actions matter #Ownership

#Awareness of prejudice, bias, exclusion, harassment matters

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