When I became principal of an elementary school in a community tucked into a gorgeous neighborhood in an inner ring suburb of Minneapolis. I was full of positive energy. Our school had experienced several years of “white flight” and were transforming from a predominantly white school to a multicultural school. [read more...]
Cultural Proficiency for Our Current Civil Rights Movement
We are happy to share our recent appearance on the This Epoch Life podcast.https://anchor.fm/thisepochlife/episodes/Cultural-Proficiency-for-Our-Current-Civil-Rights-Movement-eev73m
This Epoch Life podcast discusses topics related to our diverse world and how to build inclusion. Guests share their lived experiences to enhance listeners’ awareness of different perspectives coming from diverse identities. [read more...]
COVID-19 Focuses the Magnifying Glass on Equity
On March 19, a friend sent me this prayer posted by the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville.
It resonated deeply in my soul and intensified the social justice “why” of my life’s work. You see, I am a 36-year public school educator, a servant leader, a Doane associate professor focused on helping other educators create people’s lives! [read more...]
Convocation 2021 Reflection Question
Congratulations to the Convocation 2021 participants.
We ask that you consider the reflection question below and post your response in the comments.
In What Ways will the Convocation Support Your Equity Journey?[read more...]
What? Can’t Find Yourself?
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw is credited with this quote. Creating your life takes courage, honesty, and hard work. Some do it quietly, with no one to applaud their journey. Others, by choice or a higher design, attract cheerleaders. [read more...]
My Personal Cultural Proficiency Journey…a Practitioner’s Perspective
“Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent.”
Up Close and Personal – My Inside-Out Journey
I sometimes wonder how a white girl like me ended up on a lifelong path advocating for equity and inclusion for all human beings. How is it that as a young woman, having no awareness or insight into my own whiteness, I ended up championing the rights of minorities? [read more...]