Social Justice Equity & Inclusion Institute
Designed to promote personal and pedagogical growth, the Equity and Inclusion Institute encourages innovative approaches to implementing equity-minded education and emboldens educators to disrupt the status quo in the service of creating transformational change.
A Supportive and Brave Space that Provides
- Foundational knowledge of social justice and equity to inform your teaching practice
- Concrete strategies and tools for implementing a social justice educational model into your classroom and pedagogy
- An opportunity to practice self-care while exploring your own identities and biases in the company of other educators committed to creating equitable educational environments
- To gain a nuanced understanding of systemic oppression
- To examine your own identity in the context of your teaching practice
- To identify steps you can take in your everyday practice towards collective liberation
- To build a community of committed social justice educators
- To learn how to implement a critically conscious pedagogy
- To gain a rich foundation for further learning and growth in these areas
- To learn how to incorporate self-care into your social justice practice
Given the interest in the Institute, we would like to begin enrolling participants now. Please follow the link below to register to join us at the Equity & Inclusion Institute 2018.
All program participation fees are due in advance to confirm your registration and participation. Any cancellation and refund requests must be submitted in writing via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By the end of the Institute, educators will...
- Have a working understanding of how systemic oppression functions and how the various forms of oppression intersect
- Have explored, analyzed and applied how the power dynamics between privileged and targeted identity and cultural groups manifest and function to maintain oppression
- Understand the necessity of doing one's own internal work as it relates to issues of identity, bias, power, and privilege
- Have had the opportunity to look at their current teaching practice and set goals for incorporating social justice more meaningfully into their daily teaching
- Have the opportunity to connect with other educators as a means to further understanding, provide inspiration, and promote healing
Social justice is always grounded in transformation. At times, this transformation may be slow, the way water wears through stone – inevitable and unceasing. Other times, transformation is abrupt and startling like the sudden rush of air when one surfaces from beneath a wave – the effect both life-affirming and discombobulating. Whatever its place, transformation is ultimately the goal of social justice and social change movements. While these movements often seek legislative and economic change, at thier core, they are seeking to transform the hearts and minds of people and the very fabric of that culture. That said, we also know that when it comes to issues of privilege, oppression, and justice, there is always room for growth and a need to deepen our practice as educators.
What Guides Us
What Grounds Us
What Drives Us
The 2017 Equity and Inclusion Institute was the best professional development training week I have participated in as an educator with 10+ years of international experience. The institute was conducted in a manner that made it possible for anyone to access the information regardless of their experience with these thought-provoking topics. I left with a tool kit ready to apply to my own teaching methods and infuse into our school's curriculum."
Middle School Teacher and Spanish Curriculum Coordinator at Spring Hill School
The Nueva Equity and Inclusion Institute was a unique experience that only lasted a few days, yet has left an ongoing impact in my Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work. As part of a DEI committee at my school, I find myself often sharing in meetings or proposing new ideas with the starter sentence of, "We could try something I learned last summer at Nueva." The facilitation and tone of the entire institute was so welcoming and engaging, all while exploring hard topics such as the various systems of oppression and how we, as educators, can teach and live in more critically conscious ways. I value the time I had at the Institute and continue to use many of the resources, knowledge, network and language I received there."
Middle School Counselor at Francis W. Parker School
The Equity and Inclusion Institute gave me the opportunity to explore how systems of oppression can affect both my life and everyone else's lives in America. Through this exploration of the ways that we are divided, I found myself feeling incredibly connected to the other attendees – almost as if the semi-transparent curtains of our daily lived experiences were able to be drawn to the side after they had been so clearly identified. This connectedness, this feeling of spontaneous community – that's what makes me want to come back."
2nd Grade Teacher at The Nueva School
What a wonderful week! The Institute allowed us to delve deeply into a range of Social Justice issues and how they relate to our work as educators. It also provided opportunities for individual introspection, personal reflection, and the building of strong connections and relationships with fellow educators and fellow diversity practitioners across the country. From personal stories to specific classroom tools, it was truly an enriching experience to be able to learn from so many others."
High School Spanish Teacher at The Nueva School
"The Equity and Inclusion Institute provided a great space for learning, reflection and action-planning focused in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The format of the institute is one that is non-judgemental, meeting participants where they are at and giving them tools to return confidently to their school communities with tangible skills. I still keep in touch with many of the participants that attended. That alone speaks to the safe environment that the Equity and Inclusion Institute provided."
Director of Multiculturalism and Inclusion at Buckley School
I was so grateful for the space that Alegria, Sheri, and Alison created each day. From opening activities to closing conversations, I was consistently made to feel challenged, inspired, and thoughtful around deep questions of identity, race, class and gender. I loved connecting with the other participants and have continued working with them during the school year."
Middle School Science Teacher at The Nueva School
The Equity and Inclusion Institute is geared to beginners and experienced diversity practitioners and educators. The institute resonated for me because I appreciated the diversity within the facilitators and the topics presented. It was interesting, refreshing and reaffirming to hear various lenses of experiences presented at the conference while discussing the many layers of systemic racism and how best to dismantle. The practical exercises are wonderful takeaways I have incorporated in my work this year. The Equity and Inclusion Institute is a powerful week of learning and reflecting with a wonderful group of people."
Associate Director Lower School Admissions & Director of Community Engagement at Riverdale Country School
August 6-9, 2018
San Mateo Campus on 131 E 28th Street, San Mateo
Who is this event for?
This institute is suitable for all PreK–12 educators, especially...
- Teachers interested in integrating a social justice framework into their teaching practice
- Counselors hoping to better understand how to support equality and inclusion in their schools
- Administrators hoping to transform their school and better support their faculty/staff engaging in this work