Racism Then and Now
Privilege is a concept deeply rooted in our society, which effects many aspects of our world and individual experiences, yet it is almost never talked about in schools. This lesson introduces privilege and starts a discussion aimed at opening students' minds to the different life experiences of their peers.
What is “normal”? How is this term connected to issues of representation and stereotypes? And how has this idea impacted all of our lives? These questions, and many more, are explored in this discussion. We also explain the term “intersectionality” and each student gets an opportunity to reflect on the set of identities that makes them who they are.
The Power of Empathy
Throughout our day, there is a common disconnect in interactions that we experience and contribute to. We oftentimes choose to be a bystander rather than speaking up for those around us. In Speak, we realized a major factor in this culture of passivity is a lack of empathy. Being the first lesson that we presented, we focused on increasing empathy through conversation and learning about the diverse experiences of those around us.