How Anti-Asian Sentiment from the Past Informs Racial Injustice in the Present
In this workshop, we will connect the dots: Why is anti-Asian sentiment during the COVID pandemic not a new phenomenon and rooted in US imperialism? Participants will learn about the xenophobic history of Angel Island as a site of immigrant gatekeeping as well as notions of the Yellow Peril in the early 20th century. Participants will also participate in interactive activities about the Model Minority Myth and racial identity development. While this workshop is open to all, the intent
is to create an affinity space for people who self-identify as a part of the Asian
Pacific Islander American diaspora.
Ricco Siasoco (he/him/his) is an educator, writer, and consultant with 20 years of school leadership experience. He is currently a Grade Dean at the Urban School of San Francisco. Prior to joining Urban, Ricco was the Director of Equity & Inclusion at the Chadwick School, where he served as a member of the senior leadership team and led the school’s K-12 efforts to foster an equitable community through policy, protocols, and best practices. He has also served in diversity and teaching roles at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School and at Prep for Prep, a leadership development program that supports the most able students of color. Ricco began his educational career as an adjunct assistant professor in the English department at Boston College, where he taught undergraduate courses in English composition, literature, and Asian American Studies and developed a college transition program for first-generation college students.
Ricco has presented at numerous conferences, including the NAIS People of Color Conference, NYSAIS Gender and Sexuality Diversity Conference, National Conference on Race and Education, and National Partnership for Educational Access, among others. He holds degrees from Boston University and Bennington College. He is completing his Ed.D. in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Ricco has a strong interest in the arts and serves on the board of Kundiman — one of the nation's leading literary organizations, dedicated to nurturing readers and writers of Asian American literature. Ricco's passions are vegetarian cooking and writing, and he recently published a collection of short stories entitled The Foley Artist (Gaudy Boy 2019).
The Regional Student Diversity Summit (RSDS) is an all day in-person diversity conference for Southern California high school students. This conference focuses on respectful dialogue, the relationship between current and systemic issues, and the potential youth have to catalyze change. Participating students engage with keynote speakers, lecturers, and workshop leaders from around the country on topics of social justice and inclusion at all levels, and build connections between themselves in affinity spaces. RSDS is a grassroots initiative, organized by students of San Diego, California's leading educational institutions.
HOW CAN I SIGN UP?
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DO I NEED TO HAVE PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF DEI ISSUES AND PRACTICES?
Being a part of the DEI community does not call for any previous experience. You do not need to have gone to previous conferences to attend this one. All we need is an open mind, a commitment to change, and a readiness for respectful dialogue.
School-appropriate casual wear!
WHAT WILL I GET OUT OF THIS CONFERENCE?
We designed this conference with the purposes of educating – not only through stellar workshop leaders, but through conversations with each other. We truly hope you will leave this conference and have a wider world view, an aptness for understanding, and an aspiration to make change in yourself, your communities, and the greater world.