Below, you can view the slides associated with the meeting and notes with additional content. Note the terms discussed (intersectionality, systemic oppression, white privilege, anti-racist, equity, etc.) and CRT voices referenced (Kimberly Crenshaw, Ibram X Kendi).
Meeting 1 - November 17, 2020 - 5:00-7:00
5:00 - What’s your name?
Andrew Jerome Phillips - adopted and parents wanted to name him after a saint and he smiled when they said Andrew; Jerome after his father
Angie Jane Camp - Named after an actress (can’t remember the actresses last name)... mom wanted her to be an angel. Was supposed to be a role model! Jane - grandmother’s name. Maiden name is Hosler.
Shaina Leigh Biller - Dad wanted to name her Shannon if she was a boy. Changed spelling of name based on yiddish. Liked Leigh because of relation to valley. Proud of unique name and it represents her uniqueness.
Alison Leigh Sullivan - Mom is an immigrant. Name is with one L because mom is from the UK. Had a summer job once with nametag with two L’s… felt diminished.
Diane Burden… Diane Marie Gilligan - youngest of 5 and first four were boys. Mom wanted to desperately to have a girl and name her Ann. An Ann was born before Diane, so mom chose Diane because of the proximity to Ann.
Marci Jo Perthes - 2nd child. When mom went into labor told Dad to choose a name. Dad chose Marci Jo and he doesn’t know why. Mom and Marci have same initials.
Angela Jane Persik Gorenflo - In middle of legal name change. Sister named her Angela. Mom was Jane. Tagged on father’s last name because she was last of girls. In March she’s going to single down her name to Angela Jayne.
Marshall Roosevelt Collins Jr. - Named after dad. Youngest of 9… five sisters and three brothers. Oldest brother was always “junior.” The older brother “Junior” was from a different dad, so he was the junior and then Marshall is the junior to his dad. He never saw his siblings as anything other than full siblings no matter what.
Kathleen Marie Schneider - Third oldest of 8. Mom wanted Irish names. Was supposed to be Eileen but family friends beat her parents to it. Kathleen was sort of close to Eileen. Never been called anything but Kathleen (like Kathy or Katie). Leeny did take in college. Kathleen means “pure.”
Joseph Anthony Esper - Anthony was great grandfathers… great grandfather’s name is Jerome - son has that middle name. Joseph is Joe’s dad’s middle names. Lots of name recycling in the Esper family.
David Mark Richardson - Dad was Mark David and he’s David Mark. Can’t really Google David Richardson because it’s boring and lots of names come up.
Heidi Lynne Maltby-Skodack - Mom wanted Heidi to be Joanna.. Heidi’s glad that her dad won and her name is Heidi. Lynne is after mom’s middle name. Skodacic - when husband’s grandpa went to school they said his name wasn’t American enough, so it became Skodack.
Amber Leigh Ochoa - Parents opened a dictionary and liked the name. CHS football players call her “Momma Och.”
Benjamin Joshua Lantz - Biblical significance… strong biblical significance.
Brooke Ione Laurent - Mom says that high school friend had a kid names Brooke… dad says that because he is an avid fisherman… Ione is grandmother’s name… special.
Michelle Mary Morrison - Was supposed to be Isabel or Daisy… but born and said I looked like a Michelle… here to visit
Shaina tells us about the book “Teach Us Your Name.”
5:40 - Overview - Why we are here?
Wanting a diverse representation of our community -- we are missing a few individuals tonight that we hope will be joining us next session.
The past and current events have pushed forward the importance of this group. Community activism has as a result helped raise a call to action regarding equity, diversity, and anti-racism (Northern Michigan E3 -- Educate, Elevate and Engage). This is not a task force out of compliance, but a task force rooted in creating a better place for our school and community.
Need to begin by building our understanding and capacity of knowledge. 5:30 - Norms
Using BIPOC - from geography teacher’s point of view, it’s a great term to use. It helps preventbeing tied geographically to one place.
Intersectionality - Joe - looks back at experiences with students… often it’s complicated
White privilege - leads to a lot of defensiveness. Mentions privilege walk activity… sometimes seen as controversial.
White privilege as reducing one layer of marginalization
BIPOC - represents more than one group… all in this together. Might feel more safe with more numbers behind the term or classification.
White privilege - doesn’t make your life easy… makes it less hard
Anci - commented on if adults don’t know these terms, think about how many students don’t know these terms… student to student conversations around these things can be hard. How these terms are perceived and learned can be very hard.
This isn’t about just adult learning but student learning, and even community learning. Intersectionality - equity isn’t just about one thing… makes our work more important and more challenging.
Intersectionality - NOBODY IS JUST ONE THING.
Huge social division makes it so important to plant the seed in education system. Exit Ticket - Slido - Results
From Cambridge Public Schools, MA
Equity means that each student, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or socioeconomic status will have access to the opportunities, resources, and support they need to attain their full potential.
Racial Equity means the absence of institutional and structural barriers experienced by people based on race or color, that impede access, opportunities, and results.
Achieving racial equity requires proactive and continuous investment in communities of color, who have endured centuries of systemic oppression. TCAPS is committed to dismantling structures rooted in white privilege, to hearing and elevating underrepresented voices, and recognizing and eliminating bias.
Books Aaron Johnson lists as pivotal in his learning:
Other People’s Children Literacy as a Civil Right
The Deepest Well
The Mis-Education of the Negro Lies My Teacher Told Me
How to be Antiracist
Board Resolution Samples: https://www.losdschools.org/Page/7227
https://www.worthington.k12.oh.us/cms/lib/OH01001900/Centricity/ModuleInstance/3612/Resolu tion%20Affirming%20our%20Commitment%20to%20an%20Antiracist%20School%20District%2 0and%20Social%20Justice%20-%20Final.pdf
CONSIDER USING THIS TO LAUNCH TCAPS EQUITY PD -