Unity Day at Brooks

Below is how our Diversity Director and her staff have organized what we call unity day at Brooks. As one can see below, we are set to delve into a host of topics ranging from bullying to race and sexual orientation. I am looking forward to being a part of this.

8:30AM – Opening Exercises – CHAPEL

9:05 – 10:20 – Session #1 (Workshops & Film) – Classroom Building, Auditorium & Science Forum

10:30 – 11:45 – Session #2 (Workshops & Film) – Classroom Building, Auditorium & Science Forum

12:00 – 1:00PM – LUNCH w/ Advisor – debrief

1:00 – 2:00 – Dance Performance – Auditorium
Jo-Me Dance Company, from Boston, MA

2:00 – 7:00 – Afternoon Activities & Sports

2014 WORKSHOP OFFERINGS

Diversity 101 – Cross-Cultural Competency: Workshop participants will examine two foundational questions for transformative education. First, what is my awareness of self and my own culture? Second, what is my level of awareness about others? Workshop participants will leave with greater understanding of the rationale for inclusivity work in school environments and the vocabulary to partner in such work. Students and adults will enjoy a mini-SDLC experience during this interactive and fun workshop.

LGBTQ Voices: Workshop attendees will approach a variety of concerns related to LGBT History. Workshops may focus on Understanding Gender Identity, Winning the Right to Marry: Historical Parallels, The Invisibility of LGBT People in History and The Exclusion of LGBT People from Societal Institutions. Resources from GLSEN and StoryCorps and the ADL include excerpts from literature, primary documents, personal narratives and various media.

Civil Rights & The March On Washington: On August 28, 1963 250,000 people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to raise their voices in protest and unity. Racial tensions in the US were high. International communities were beginning to call for the American government to attend to the calls for equality and justice. Workshop participants will learn more about the goals of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Examine transcripts and documents pertaining to the March and join in a discussion considering how far we’ve come (and how far there is yet to go) 50 years later. Abundant resources from PBS and the ADL include a Civil Rights Glossary, an interactive timeline, primary documents and more.

2014 FILM OFFERINGS

Race: the Power of an Illusion: Attendees will view a film excerpt series addressing myths and beliefs regarding race. This DVD “challenges one of our most fundamental beliefs: that humans come divided into a few distinct biological groups. This definitive three-part series is an eye-opening tale of how what we assume to be normal, commonsense, even scientific, is actually shaped by our history, social institutions and cultural beliefs.” Produced by California Newsreel, in association with the ITVS.

Speak Up! Safe Schools: Attendees will view excerpts from Codes of Gender. This DVD offers important insights into the social construction of masculinity and femininity, the relationship between gender and power, and the everyday performance of cultural norms.

Additionally participants will view Speak Up! Improving the Lives of GLBT Youth. In this short film gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) students and their allies face unique challenges of violence and harassment in schools. SPEAK UP! explores what these students and their allies have done to transform their schools into safer and more welcoming environments. Interviews with students, parents, teachers, administrators and national activists highlight not only the need for transformation, but offer resources and advice for those actively working for change.

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4 thoughts on “Unity Day at Brooks

  1. I am really looking forward to working with students on this. You are right, after having the life sucked out of me at my last school, I needed to feel free socially and intellectually. You can only fake being what others want for so long. Thanks man! Do you think you would like it here man?

  2. The school and courses sound very interesting. Not sure how well I would like the idea of living where I worked. But it sounds like it has been the fulfillment that you needed.

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