Now in its twenty-first year of existence, Beyond Diversity™ is a powerful, personally transforming two-day seminar designed to help leaders, educators, students, parents, administrators and community participants understand the impact of race on student learning and investigate the role that racism plays in institutionalizing academic achievement disparities.
This seminar is offered to: deepen our understanding and personal progression in racial identity development; examine and practice a protocol for converting Courageous Conversation™ into Courageous Leadership using contemporary challenges in education; and explore the concept of racial transcendence and the characteristics of a post-racial school and society.
Engage with this multi-layered session to understand and address the complexities of dismantling White supremacy while remaining true to one’s other experiences of oppression. Examine these intersections through historical and contemporary perspectives, including the cruel nexus of the Supreme Court ruling in support of gay marriage, while dismantling voting rights and affirmative action.
If educators are to achieve for ALL students what first called us to this noble profession, we must adapt. How can we refashion our learning and teaching philosophies and practices to ensure cultural relevance and scholastic excellence for the increasingly diverse student populations we currently serve? This two-day seminar will inform your personal response.
Leading while White is and always has been the norm of order in the United States. What does it mean to be White and conceive, construct and perpetuate the dogma of white social, cultural, economic and spiritual supremacy? This essential question convenes this space of affinity for White racial equity leaders and organizers.
Develop your individual will, skill, and knowledge to address complex intersections of racial and cultural identity, language, and institutional racism, with a specific focus on Latinx students. Use the Courageous Conversation Framework and Protocol to examine and analyze how school systems too often organize failure for this rapidly growing group of students through a lack of clarity on the historical and contemporary racial dynamics impacting them.
President Obama, in launching the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, has challenged the nation to intensify the support and development of young men of color, particularly black males. The data detailing the plight of black males continues to re-inscribe the inherent harm, neglect and division from which this plight arises. “And the worst part,” the President laments, “is we’ve become numb to these statistics. We’re not surprised by them. We take them as the norm. We just assume this is an inevitable part of American life, instead of the outrage that it is.”
For decades, special educators have been trained to view their work primarily through the lens of disability and compliance; English Language Learner teachers have similarly isolated language as the central factor to their role and responsibility. Through this Regional Summit experience, participants will be invited to isolate race in critically unpacking the historical, social, and political contexts in which race operated to set a foundation for the current day inequities faced by these two learner groups where racial inequity is too often the default status quo in our schools.