Featuring Eric Dozier, musician, cultural activist, and anti-racism educator,
and Homa Tavangar, co-founder of The Big Questions Institute.
"Empathy … isn't just a nice thing to do; it's an essential, active skill. It's foundational to embracing differences, building relationships, gaining a global perspective, conducting richer and deeper analysis, and communicating more effectively. "
-Homa Tavangar, “Empathy: The Most Important Back-To-School Supply”
The BIG Question
How can we reimagine justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in our schools?
At this crucial moment in the movement for racial justice in the United States and around the world, how can schools move beyond the empty semblance of diversity and inclusion into centers of justice and equity that nurture, encourage and safeguard all of their students? This dynamic, 45-minute session will explore how key terms like diversity and empathy are used generously in schools with little examination of the conditions necessary to bring either to full expression. In addition to building racial literacy, this session integrates live music and storytelling to stimulate empathy and activate the imagination needed to transform our educational environments.
In this free 45-minute session, we'll focus on
BIG Questions Such as:
What is the Diversity Deception and how does it impact schools and organizations?
How can schools move beyond lofty diversity and inclusion statements toward meaningful actions?
Why are good intentions not enough? How do we move from intent to impact?
How does expanding racial literacy help us “stay in the room” during uncomfortable conversations?
Why does recognizing “the presence of whiteness” matter?
What attitudes help us practice deeper empathy, even if we have been conditioned in spaces devoid of diversity?
About Eric Dozier
Eric Dozier is a musician, cultural activist, and anti-racism educator who uses music to engage communities in dialogue about racism. He is a founding faculty member at the Episcopal School of Nashville. Eric serves as a Museum Educator for the forthcoming National Museum of African American Music to be built in Nashville, TN and has recently launched the Young People's Freedom Song Initiative. Together with Homa Tavangar, Eric is co-founder of OnenessLab. He has served as the musical director for the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir, the award winning Children’s Theatre Company of NYC, and has been a featured artist at the United Nations. He is a graduate of Duke University and Duke Divinity School and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Tasmania. Learn more about Eric’s work at www.ericdozier.com
Join us on July 21, 2020 at 7 am or 2 pm US ET
Can't attend live? Register anyway and we'll send you a link to the archived recording.
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