Actions During this Historic Movement: What Can I Do?

ACTION DURING THIS HISTORIC TIME: WHAT CAN I DO? with Michelle Black

In two sessions, we will start to answer questions that many people have, “What can I do? and How can I be better for my students, friends, community, colleagues, etc?” Sometimes knowing where to begin can be paralyzing because there’s so much to be done. In an effort to move toward action, oftentimes we find ourselves afraid to make mistakes. And we also feel that we must figure it all out before we act.

Prior to session one, participants will receive an essay and an article. The 2-hour session (breaks included) will allow us to co-create some ground rules and provide space for the group to establish courage and vulnerability. Then we will reflect on the “homework” and begin to bravely examine our personal implicit biases. Additionally, participants will consider their own identities as a window to understanding the identities of others to build more authentic, empathic relationships.

The second session will look at power and privilege. With activities and meaningful reflection, we will define power and privilege, understand how it is linked to oppression, and consider the many aspects of all our identities and the identities of those around us and their experiences of power and privilege. At the end of the meeting, we’ll discuss ways to use our individual power and privilege to affect positive change.
Michelle Black began her career in New York City, working in public relations for Elizabeth Arden. It was during this time, Michelle knew her purpose was not with magazine beauty editors or writing press releases. She followed her heart and calling to become a teacher. Upon completion of her graduate degree in education, Michelle embarked on her true and joy-filled career in schools. She’s worked in public, boarding, and faith-based schools across the country. In each community, Michelle has created spaces for students, colleagues, and staff to honestly and bravely address difficult topics. In July 2018, she moved to Maryland and joined Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. After nearly ten years working in DEI related positions in schools, Michelle remains committed to helping communities build more inclusive, equitable, and joyful spaces that allow people to thrive as their authentic selves.

Michelle graduated from New York University with a B.A. in English Literature and Journalism, Columbia University’s, Teachers College, MA in Teaching of English, and an MS.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania in School Leadership.

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  • Action During this Historic Time: What Can I Do?
    August 23, 2020
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Details Price Qty
ASTA Members, Free of Charge $0.00 (USD)  
Non-member $15 $15.00 (USD)  


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