As teachers, a chorus of voices gives us constant, and sometimes conflicting, advice. One voice urges us to give students choice. But another, equally loud voice, reminds us that students need guidance and grounding in the study of literature in order to develop critical consciousness.
In this workshop with 2018 graduate school commencement speaker, Manivong J. Ratts, participants will be introduced to an emerging social justice model that will help students and working professionals address issues of equity in community, mental health and educational settings.
The Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling is committed to a vision of social justice that deeply values the rich diversity of voices and perspectives that constitute our global community. Through our professional programs, community engagement, and scholarly research, we help create and sustain opportunities for dialogue, inquiry, and social action.
What is the citizen’s, writer’s, teacher’s, or counselor’s role in bearing witness? How do we observe and record events from the everyday to the unspeakable? When does witness require action?
Educators can face particular challenges in today’s divided political world. How do we create classrooms where diverse views can flourish? In the era of “fake news”, how do we encourage dialogue while honoring fact-based reportage? Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry all provide paths for stepping into other lives and scaling what sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild calls “the empathy wall.”
Schools are a battle ground for democracy, and school leaders may find themselves at the forefront of the struggle for civil rights, equity and inclusion. Schools are environments where children and adults work to actualize equal rights, inclusion, equity and non-violence, and leading a just community within unjust social and political contexts is a complicated task.
What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race?
In this workshop, 2017 graduate school commencement speaker, Robin DiAngelo, will describe the ways race shapes the lives of White people, explain what makes racism so hard for White people to see, and identify common White racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards greater racial equity.