Student Services: More Than a Number: Supporting a Diverse Community of Learners

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Sheri Lyn Schmidt, Director of Equity and Social Justice at Ethel Walker School, outlined systemic racism the ways that racial ideology has shaped institutions.

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Student Services: More Than a Number: Supporting a Diverse Community of Learners

  1. 1. Good Morning!
  2. 2. Affirming Identity Building Community Cultivating Leadership A B C
  3. 3. Affirming Identity A
  4. 4. Book “ If a school is a book what story is being told?” -Beverly Tatum
  5. 5. “ The youngster wanted to see if the President's haircut felt like his own.” White House May 8, 2009
  6. 6. “ Education needs to enable the student to look through window frames in order to see the realities of others and into mirrors in order to see her/his own reality reflected.” -Emily Style “ Education needs to enable the student to look through window frames in order to see the realities of others and into mirrors in order to see her/his own reality reflected.” -Emily Style
  7. 8. Systemic Racism Individual Internalized Ideological Institutional
  8. 9. Now you see it... now you don’t
  9. 10. Individual prejudice & discrimination
  10. 12. An invisible, weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, tools & blank checks .
  11. 13. “ I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.”
  12. 14. “ I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group.”
  13. 15. Never have to think about race.
  14. 16. Systemic Racism Individual Internalized Ideological Institutional
  15. 17. Awareness
  16. 18. Ideological Racism
  17. 19. Race is a Social Construction
  18. 20. “ ...like smog in the air”
  19. 21. Ideological Racism Good Proper Pretty Normal A M E R I C A N “ flesh colored” Valuable
  20. 22. [blond angel]
  21. 23. Intention vs. Impact
  22. 24. “ It’s not my fault Black people don’t write books!”
  23. 25. Affirming Identity Institutional tasks: - Increase faculty and staff of color - Examine the curriculum - Openly discuss White Privilege -Develop support mechanisms for students of color (formal & informal affinity groups) The Psychological Experiences of Students of Color (NAIS)
  24. 26. Affirming Identity Individual Tasks: - Reflect on your Racial Identity - Examine your Stereotypes & Assumptions - Learn how systems of oppression have impacted you. Can we talk about Race? (Tatum)
  25. 27. 15%
  26. 28. The American Dream
  27. 29. Affirming Identity - Explore your own Identity and History - Counteract Stereotypes - Make Oppression Visible - Paths to Liberation - Resistance & Allies

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