Dorina Sackman joined me again for another live show on VoicED.ca. This one has a focus on Racial Equity.
Listen to “BAP076 Racial Equity & BELIEVE Cafe” on Spreaker.
Dorina continues to help us grow our emotional intelligence in this, a time when we need it most. This week we opened the show talking about the fight for social justice and how we are all looking to grow around the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
I made some points about how important it is right now to use our emotional intelligence and that I am grateful for the #BELIEVE_Cafe work many of us have been doing. You can jump into Dorina’s free YouTube videos right here:
Among other insightful comments, Dorina shared that she is making a conscious effort to do more reflecting vs. reacting and she is looking to follow more individuals who are doing the work of reflection.
This week we opened the show sharing tweets from Dr. Jose Medina and Dr. Cristina Rhodes. Here they are:
Anti-black ideologies son parte de mi cultura. I’m a mess. I’m working on it. So can you. Also, remember that our silencio says mucho. pic.twitter.com/cu9P7udqZU
— Dr. José Medina (@JoseMedinaJr89) June 3, 2020
Dorina shared Dr. Cristina Rhode’s tweet:
I am a white-presenting Latina. I benefit from this. It means that I have to commit myself to doing anti-racist work on the daily. Some days I fail. But I keep learning & trying. I keep going. It is my responsibility to use my privilege in this way. Fellow white Latinxs–y tú?
— Dr. Cristina Rhodes (@_crisRhodes) June 3, 2020
We are grateful to the following people who called in to help us unpack our thoughts today:
Michelle Van Balkom sparked great conversation with the tweet below and joined us to talk about it.
Here is the tweet by Michelle. I encourage you to read some of the great responses she got to this tweet. We discussed some of them but people in our PLN continue to add to the conversation:
Question that I’m pondering: are inclusive and culturally responsive practices teaching anti-racism? Does anti-racism have to be taught explicitly? I’m interested in people’s thoughts and opinions. #ell #bcedchat pic.twitter.com/fAPzMYYwdb
— Michelle Van Balkom (@MsVanBalkom) June 6, 2020
Dawn Harris was listening and tweeted this important insight about black teachers and white students. We were so grateful that Dawn called in to expand on her experience with this:
On the flip side, can we also talk about black teachers teaching white kids?? The struggle is real. It’s tough. ♥️ Sometimes our voices are ineffective due to years of negative cultural constructs. We are not always viewed as credible. #BoostingAchievement #BELIEVE_Cafe
— Dawn Harris, Ed.S. (@DHarrisEdS) June 6, 2020
Thank you again to everyone who contributed to this rich conversation. I also mentioned on the show that Aprile Giordano Williams of YOMEI (who was on episode 74) is offering a 15% discount for listeners of this podcast if you’d like to take her Yoga for Mindful Emotional Intelligence (YOMEI) workshop. Use the code BoostingAchievement at checkout here https://www.yomei.org/
One more big thanks to people on this show and a big thanks to YOU for following along. You are truly helping my learning.
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