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Home / Instruction & Assessment / Social Justice

Social Justice

Diversity exists, inclusion does not...
It is created through ongoing, open, honest & courageous conversations.

Anti-racism 

Anti-racist: Someone who ACTIVELY rejects or opposed racism, acts as an accomplice to BIPOC, uses their power/privilege to eradicate racism:

  • Calling people in when they use slurs
  • Educating oneself and others
  • Challenging systems of power
  • Making space for voices of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)

Leaning in to Anti-racism Through Self-Reflection

“The heartbeat of anti-racism is self-reflection, recognition, admission and fundamentally self-critique…A racist when charged with racism will say ‘I’m not racist’, no matter what they said or did.  An anti-racist would be willing to confess and recognize what they just said or did was, in fact, racist.”

-Ibram X. Kendi

Author of How to be an Antiracist

Anti-racism requires courageous conversations

Issues of race, culture, and identity are deeply personal and oftentimes emotional. As we engage with students, families, and other stakeholders around the concepts of race and ethnicity, it is important to frame conversations in a way that creates a safe, affirming space for all.

Identity Maps

Identity maps are a graphic tool that can help students consider the many factors that shape who we are as individuals and as communities. Use identity charts to deepen ones’ understanding of themselves, groups, nations, and historical and literary figures. Sharing identity charts with peers can help students build relationships and break down stereotypes. In this way, identity charts can be used as an effective classroom community-building tool.

Self-Assessment of Anti-Bias Behavior

Because “unlearning” prejudice is a life-long process, it is useful to periodically reflect on our attitudes and behaviors regarding issues of bias. To assist in this, use the following checklist for assessing individual attitudes and behaviors for bias.

Unpacking Identity

“Teaching Tolerance” has created an unpacking identity professional learning plan that looks at identity and the impact it has on bias.

A Guide for Courageous Conversations

Learning how to communicate about such topics as white privilege, police violence, economic inequality and mass incarceration requires practice, and facilitating difficult conversations demands courage. Use the strategies in this resource as you prepare to facilitate difficult conversations about race and racism. You can also use them to build competency when discussing other types of discrimination.

Similar to identity maps, journey maps allow for self reflection by charting your own evolving experience of your identity as it relates to equity, oppression, and privilege.​

Books to get you started

These are some great guided workbooks to help reflect on your own identity and how to move forward as an antiracist.

 

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