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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.
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):
Resources to Discuss Racism (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops):
Place Corps:
“White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo:
Peggy McIntosh:
University of St. Thomas Freshman Symposium:
Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops):
The Impact of Racism on Children’s Health (NY Times):
Catholic School Resources for Combatting Racism (National Catholic Educational Association):
Amplifier – Wall Art for Classrooms: