Planning for Sharing

Hummingbird's picture

"What does it mean to only have these conversations in the classroom?"

"From an activism perspective – how do we share this out? Aren't we obligated to? What is the point of being here if we're not going to share it?"
"In order to start a conversation we need to know what people already think." 
Already structures within the Bi-Co which are having these conversations, but maybe we can reach out and make connections. 
A couple thoughts:
1. Aware in Bi-Co and Bryn Mawr of the over-intensity of academics. Want to go to syllabus to lift something out and replace it with this kind of a project. (so don't think this is going to be a new huge pile-on of work). 
2. Imagine picking up on lunch idea (Emily), picking up on this conversation for folks in the class to make plans? or invite others to have these conversations? Not suggesting lunch as requirement, but would that be a way to continue thinking about this? (within the class) Are we bringing others in to the lunch table or is it just us? "My thought was to set a couple of lunch times to plan for our class to plan to do something." Does bringing friends also accomplish the goals of continuing/fostering outside conversations?
Think between now and Thursday about what we want. Let it percolate. You're invited to post suggestions here.

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BlueBird's picture

A thought about this

I had been thinking about the way that conversations and presentations can touch home for people and the impact that they can have in those situations. I was thinking that it may be fun to combine the idea of our field papers with a presentation to the campus (maybe a gallery of something) that talks about something related to multicultural ed in the public schools. In class, we are grounded in readings and theoretical persepctives as well as our own experiences. I am not sure, at least at Bryn Mawr, that when we are discussing diversity or multiculturalism, we ever really have the opportunity to discuss the educational backgrounds that guide us in the Bi-Co. Yes, we would be working within a privilaged setting, but there are so many realities that we bring to this privilaged setting that we never discuss. I am not exactly sure how this would work, but I really wish we had more conversations on campus about formal educational background and I think we are the perfect people to make people see the realities of the education system and challenge our campuses to fill the gaps by bringing their own stories. Again, I am not sure how it would look, but I am throwing it out there.

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