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July 20, 2020 – Racism and Education

The participants discuss how schools and teachers can dialogue about racism with students and parents. Nora Creech discusses the bishop’s pastoral letter, “Open Wide Our Hearts,” and how bias and omission construct how we view racism. Dr. Nicole Walters and Elizabeth Creech share about the platform teachers have through Catholic Social Teaching, creating the space for dialogue and exercises to begin the conversation on racism.
 
Participants:
 
Nora Creech
Alumna, Master of Arts in Faith and Culture
Chair, Open Wide Our Hearts Symposium
 
Nicole Walters, Ed.D.
Dean, Associate of Applied Science Program
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership
University of St. Thomas in Houston
 
Elizabeth Creech
8th Grade Humanities Teacher
Liturgical Coordinator
Notre Dame Academy (NDA) – San Diego, CA
 
Helpful Links:
“Open Wide Our Hearts: the enduring call to love, a pastoral letter against racism” (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops):  http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/racism/upload/open-wide-our-hearts.pdf
Resources to Discuss Racism (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops):  http://www.usccb.org/racism
Place Corps:  https://www.placecorps.org/
“White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo:  https://robindiangelo.com/publications/
Peggy McIntosh:  https://www.wcwonline.org/Active-Researchers/peggy-mcintosh-phd
University of St. Thomas Freshman Symposium:  https://www.stthom.edu/freshmansymposium
Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops):  http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/seven-themes-of-catholic-social-teaching.cfm
The Impact of Racism on Children’s Health (NY Times):  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/12/well/family/the-impact-of-racism-on-childrens-health.html
Catholic School Resources for Combatting Racism (National Catholic Educational Association):  https://www.ncea.org/NCEA/Learn/Catholic_School_Resources_for_Combatting_Racism.aspx?WebsiteKey=60819b28-9432-4c46-a76a-a2e20ac11cfd
Amplifier – Wall Art for Classrooms:  https://amplifier.org/