Lift Every Voice: A Community Connection to Equity

Elevate voices from our communities to address racial equity and implicit bias, through a community restorative circle format.

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Racial equity and implicit bias may be a hard topic for some, however, the impact on our students is very real and measurable. The Round Rock Black Parents Association would like to open dialogue between students, parents, teachers, administrators, community members, and ALL stakeholders to address the impact of systemic inequity on our students by creating open spaces with fun team building activities as well as community circles.  

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This idea stemmed from a group of parents, teachers, and the experiences of our students of color within our schools.

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Yes!! This is something every school should have! Thank you for sharing this, Natosha - I am so curious about how we could scale and sustain this group / collective in more places. I saw with a little searching that there is a Facebook group as well as in-person events - I'd love to pick your brain sometime on how this has evolved. These important discussions often take a back seat to other, less impactful issues that may be easier for people to address, and it's imperative that we all push equity to the forefront, because the impact of these discussions is so much more important than our own comfort or discomfort with the topic. I've started following a chat on Twitter called #ClearTheAir (Wednesday evenings) hosted by @ValeriaBrownEdu which covers some resources for having hard conversations both inside and outside of classrooms, it's really helping me to uncover my own reservations about entering these discussions and giving me entry points for opening up conversations with those around me. I don't think there could be too many of these resources - I think it will take it all - social media, in-person discussions, all of it. Thank you so much for sharing this, I am going to read up more on the Round Rock Black Parents Association and I look forward to learning from you all!