Here at the Salvadori Center, we explore avenues to speak out and dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. We commit to the following:
We made a goal to amplify student voices by providing opportunities to critically evaluate situations and pose creative solutions. We want our students to communicate their ideas effectively and work collaboratively to realize a new vision for the future.
In a first step towards this goal, we updated our Landmarks, Monuments, and Memorials (LMM) curriculum to give students a better opportunity to express their thoughts and solutions to social, environmental, or governmental matters they find important.
Here are examples of their remote learning LMM Final Projects:
We continue to educate Salvadori staff on the roots of systemic racism, how it plays out in the communities we work in, and what we can do to provide equitable spaces for students.
The Salvadori staff read the book, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood… and the Rest of Y’all Too by Christopher Emdin to further learn about systematic racism and gain a broader perspective on how to better serve diverse student populations. As Educators delivering programs directly to students in schools as well as in after-school and summer programs, we are committed to effective teaching for all students, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, or disability.
We commit to looking deeply within our organization to analyze and eliminate implicit biases that affect our ability to appropriately serve students and continue to speak out against racism and other forms of discrimination. Our DEI Working Group is working with Salvadori staff to ensure we keep diversity, equity and inclusion at the forefront. The group is leading the rest of the staff through a variety of activities that raise awareness on racism, discrimination, and implicit biases. Our goal is to develop or redevelop one’s own perspective so that we can understand and honor the perspective of others, specifically those who are underserved.