Inclusion and Social Justice

Going High When Others Go Low: How Educators Can Promote “Courageous Compassion”
Presented by Marilyn Levin, MSW

Society is currently caught up in a high level of divisiveness that hampers people’s ability to work together in all kinds of arenas, including education. Join Marilyn Levin, Author of Experiential Activities for a Better World (in English and Spanish) and founder of the We Go High Project for dynamic presentation with tangible take-aways focused on:

  1. What are the most useful tools from the fields of whole-systems change, healing, transformation and spirituality when it comes to addressing divisiveness in society? How do we, as experiential educators, break through the gridlock to solve our biggest challenges?
  2. How does understanding that it is the time of “collective leadership and courage” rather than the time of global leaders of the past like Gandhi and Martin Luther King impact how we behave as experiential educators? How do we effectively inspire people to choose everyday interactions that are unifying instead of divisive.

Unpacking Diversity: Language and Activities to Help Start your Conversation
Presented by Rohan Shahani

The focus of this webinar is to help those who feel uncomfortable discussing diversity or feel like they don’t have enough knowledge of ‘diversity issues’ to gain the vocabulary and the confidence needed to begin a conversation. Simultaneously, we will provide some tactics for those who are already immersed in these conversations to engage with those who aren’t. By the end of this session, we’ll all have increased our comfort and confidence discussing diversity, and gained some tools to help make those discussions productive and even fun!

Brain-Focused Strategies for Developing Social Emotional Health
Presented by Heather Bryant, M.Ed. and Michelle Kinder, M.Ed., LPC

Success in the 21st century is defined by the strength of our social emotional health. Skills and characteristics like self-regulation, optimism, empathy, gratitude, perseverance and compassion make all the difference. Social emotional health is predicative of long term success and a key factor in hireability and long-term life satisfaction. Teachers, counselors, parents and program directors are seeking concrete strategies grounded in neuroscience that are designed to help children build and repair social emotional health. This introductory session will look at developing social emotional health with a trauma-informed perspective and will provide participants with a variety of activities and resources. It is no longer realistic to prepare the path for children; this workshop is about preparing children for the path.

More Than Autism: Neurodiversity and Sensory Processing
Presented by Lorilei Dreibelbis

We will look at experiential education through the lens of Sensory Integration Therapy vocabulary and explore the myriad of ways that our neurological diversity shapes our learning and teaching with real life stories and personal experience. Looking at the great variety found in neurological processing, we rediscover that learning is inherently personal.  The study of Sensory Processing gifts us valuable vocabulary and a solid framework from which to not only embrace diversity, but identify very practical strategies for managing behaviors and teaching more effectively.  

If We Were Brave: Managing Risk in Social Justice Training 
Presented by Anna Czarnik-Neimeyer

It’s high-stakes: These days, effective social justice training is urgent. We’re an education coalition working to change/train minds & hearts towards justice, and need all the tools we can get. We’ll discuss Arao & Clemens’ foundational 2013 piece, “From Safe Space to Brave Spaces: A New Way to Frame Dialogue Around Diversity and Social Justice” and explore interdisciplinary theories supporting brave space. We’ll dig into practical activities, metaphors, comics, and videos to take home for immediate facilitation use. Great for beginner through advanced, and those interested in being more intentional & just facilitators in any setting: in the field, classroom, or boardroom.

Moving towards gender inclusive environments: How and why affirming gender non-conforming and trans* participants can help you in the field and beyond
Presenters: Meg Bolger and Perry Cohen
September 2015

Resources from Webinar
Genderbread Person & LGBTQ Umbrella