Taking action to build agency and belonging among high school students who want to make an impact in their communities
Mindfulness, Bias, and Social Justice
This presentation will cover how mindfulness can be used as a tool to help reduce our biases and support our efforts to disrupt racism and oppression. An experiential activity and discussion will follow the presentation.
Black and Brown Joy in Dance as Liberation and Resistance
This workshop will lead participants through the embodied knowledge and emotional intelligence of dance rooted in Black and Brown Queer communities. We will learn about the roots of House music and dance, and how these communities found safe spaces, freedom of expression and resilience through joy and community. Come ready to move your body!
The Invention of Race: How Perspectives on History Can Empower Change in the Present
Dr. Susan Rosenfeld
This presentation invites participants to consider the links between the seventeenth-century invention of race and racism and contemporary issues of racial prejudice, class, and institutional power. Participants will reflect on how the strategic employment of racism by those in power ends up hurting society as a whole, and how perspectives on history can improve our anti-racist practices today.
Authentic Empowerment: The Challenge of Becoming Uniquely Capable
In this workshop, we will challenge individuals to undergo the process of reclaiming their power as Youth. We will challenge In this workshop, individuals will be challenged to undergo the process of reclaiming their power as Youth. As young people, feeling powerless is more frequent than not in the face of massive existential problems; however, through the challenge of leveraging discomforts, young people can experience ultimate self-empowerment.
Dr. Carlos Martell
Music, Culture, and the Arts of Resistance
This workshop is for students that are interested in understanding how cultural production is fundamental for the formation of a culture of resistance. Cultural workers and their art is critical for mass movements engaged in political struggle. In this workshop we will see 3 musical offerings that illustrate how culture works not only to express the artist's ideas about a topic, but rather how culture has the power to bring people to political "consciousness". Together we will see how these songs go beyond the "woke", and make possible cultural expressions that reimagine and invigorate the mass movements.
Smashing the Whorearchy
We will discuss how language, media, and pop culture affect our perceptions of girls and women. We will examine how schools, father figures, romantic partners, media, and celebrities relate to female sexuality and female bodies. We will theorize why we are both inundated with ideas about female sexuality while being shamed for conforming to standards set for us. We will think about the possible link to slut shaming and sexual violence.
Channeling the Queer
Queer people have a long and rich history of fighting against oppression and for their own survival. We will chat about continuing the work of our Queer Ancestors while acknowledging the realities of today's culture and social landscape.
Food & Culture: Status, Restaurants, and Identity
Decisions about what we eat, where we eat, how we eat, and with whom we eat function within a system shaped by our identities. This session offers an opportunity to examine more closely how status systems appear in cuisine and how status can shift depending on context.
Using Tech to Advance Social Justice
Protests, demonstrations, and petitions are important, but they shouldn't be social justice movements' only strategy. New technologies that compel action by an agency, institution, or company may be able to move the dial in ways that public displays of sentiment cannot. As long as we live in a system of laws and rules, and there is a sufficient core of institutional commitment to following those laws and rules, then measured actions, e.g., in the courts, that force compliance on the part of the agency etc. with its own rules, can result in measurable progress. New technologies can reduce the cost barrier to taking action and therefore open up new possibilities for social, political, and legal flanking maneuvers. I will use my company's strategy for compelling election transparency as a point of departure from which we might discuss other possibilities in other realms.
How You Can Advocate for Just and Equitable Climate Solutions
I will provide a brief overview of how racism has contributed to the climate crisis and the inequities that exist because of this. Then I will help the students breakdown the Principles of Environmental Justice and understand how to incorporate them in their own lives/advocacy.
Dr. Rai Wilson
Man Up: Envisioning a Positive Masculinity
In the last decade, we've been told a fair amount of what men perhaps oughtn't do. "Man Up" historically contextualizes modern American masculinity, and through video, sharings of research, and discussion prods us to realize an active, positive vision of masculinity. It suggests that that project is crucial to the future we all want.
Dr. Danna Abraham
Let adversity be your faithful companion
Relational endings have a way of inviting all of us to experience life in a particular way. Over the span of my career, my job has consisted of listening to stories of pain and suffering from those who seek help when life presents them with challenges. More specifically, moments that are remarkable for having a quality of struggle as you would imagine when people experience a whole lot of adversity. In this workshop, we will explore what is possible when we are willing to meet those moments of uncertainty with a different outlook and purpose. We will focus on experience-near stories to uncover the value hardships have to offer.
Dr. Regina Ballard
How Has The Bible Been Misused To Support Racist Ideas?
The Bible has been misused and misinterpreted to support racist ideology. This presentation will give examples from the Bible that have been utilized to justify slavery and white supremacy for much of North American history. With an understanding of how these stories, whether one is religious or not, have contributed to our own ideas of white supremacy, this presentation will teach students how to find sources that actively fight against this biased way of reading the Bible. Participants will leave this session with the tools to help them engage in difficult conversations about race, racism, and religion.
Race, Power, and Resistance in Schooling
What are the relationships between racism, systemic whiteness, inequality and educational systems, and how might we transform educational systems and classrooms into places of dignity, resistance, and liberation? In this workshop, we will begin by looking inward, investigating how our own experiences with race, ethnicity, whiteness, and/or power have shaped our work as educators. We will then consider, together, the (im)possibility of achieving equity in a schooling system that throughout its history, has been marked by racism, anti-Blackness, and oppression. Finally, we will explore - What opportunities exist to transform educational spaces into sites of justice, resistance, and liberation?
Fight like a...Man? Challenging Toxic Masculinity
This workshop is constructed with the intent to challenge and educate. Namely, what is masculinity? Why do those who represent 'traditional' masculinity embody such unhealthy and detrimental qualities? Why are they so popular? This workshop endeavors to answer these questions while providing a brief survey of the ancient and modern history of masculinity.
“Just (use your iPhone to) take an Über to the party. And don’t forget to dress up!”
“Let’s start a rotation for bringing bagels for the class every Monday.”
“Where did your family go over vacation?”
“Where did your parents go to college?”
Innocent remarks like these are just one kind of example of the ways class can sneak into school life.
But what does the term class mean? Is it economic? social? something else? Does class mean the same thing in the United States as in other countries? in Southern California as in other regions? in one San Diego community as in another? How much do you have to know about me to identify my class status?
We will look at some basic underlying concepts of class and socio-economic status, sift through a small bit of data about what terms like working class, middle class, etc. mean, then discuss whether, how, and why class matters at school and beyond.