Courageous Conversations is a series of collaborative discussions within the School of Education regarding race and culture in schools and society. Students, faculty and staff gather to discuss our roles as teachers, counselors, school psychologists, and educational leaders.
Our aim is twofold:
- to provide a safe space to discuss race, culture, diversity, and inclusion both within the School of Education and beyond in schools, institutions of higher education, community agencies, and others who serve communities.
- to discuss our roles as educators, counselors, and leaders in making a positive impact in our communities and becoming true allies to our communities of color.
July 8: Student Forum
This conversation was intended for students and was led by a panel of student moderators. Students brought questions and thoughts to this safe space, working to incorporate social justice and anti-racist practices in our individual, community and professional lives. Moderators included Paige Goodloe, Aiesha Lee, Shené Owens, and Unity Walker.
June 18: Where do we go from here?
School of Education faculty, staff and students gathered for our second Courageous Conversation about race, equity and education following the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and others. The discussion focused on how we can sustain the momentum gained and continue social justice and anti-racist work in our individual, community and professional lives.
Our panelists included faculty members Dr. Natoya Haskins, Dr. Janise Parker, Dr. Leandra Parris, and Dr. Katherine Barko-Alva, joined by Ph.D. students Aiesha Lee and Unity Walker.
June 4: A courageous conversation
School of Education students gathered to discuss how we move forward as scholars and educators in the current climate. The conversation focused on support resources for students of color, the role of allyship, and actionable steps we can all take to support one another and create an inclusive culture characterized by equity and open dialogue.
Dr. Natoya Haskins, Dr. Janise Parker, Dr. Leandra Parris, Dr. Katherine Barko-Alva, and Dr. Kim Lee Hughes, president-elect of the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development, facilitated this courageous conversation.
Anti-Racism Resources and Support
Support for Students of Color
- W&M's Equity Resources
- W&M's Center for Student Diversity
- W&M's Black Graduate Student Association
- W&M Diversity & Inclusion Support
- NASP Graduate Student Resources (see Equity and Inclusion Officer; Advocacy Liaison)
- APA Graduate Students' Resource Guide for Ethnic Minority Graduate Students
- Obama Foundation: Anguish and Action
- Goraki & Erakat: White Activism
- Turner: White Supremacy, Psychotherapy and Decolonisation
- How to be an Anti-Racist, by Ibram X. Kendi
- White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo
- So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
- Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M. Steele
- NASP Call to Action to End Racism and Violence Against People of Color
- Teaching While White
- What Role Can the Education Community Play to End Racism and Begin Healing?
- 10 Small Steps for Department Chairs to Foster Inclusion (Inside Higher Education)
- Allyship: The Path Less Taken (William & Mary Libraries)
- Why White Liberals Are So Unwilling to Recognize Their Own Racism
- How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change
- Codeswitch (NPR)
- 1619 (The New York Times)
Talking about Race with Children
- Talking about Racism and Violence with Students: Resources for Educators from Colorín Colorado
- These Books Can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids (New York Times)
- Race Talk: Engaging Young People in Conversations about Race and Racism (Anti-Defamation League)
- Resources from the Center for Racial Justice in Education
- Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources
- The Anti-Racist Bookshelf from William & Mary Libraries
- 158 Resources to Understand Racism in America (Smithsonian Magazine)
- Resmaa Menakem's Racialized Trauma 5-day eCourse
- Center for Racial Justice in Education > Resources
- Anti-Racism Resources
- Compiled Resource List for Anti-Racist Work and Supporting Black People by Kendra Calhoun
- Antiracist Resources and Reads: Lists for All Ages
- An Anti-Racist Reading List from the New York Times
- BuzzFeed's Essential Reading Guide for Fighting Racism
- Teaching Tolerance
- Center for Racial Justice: Talking About Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice