Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
AAIMH Monthly Webinar Meeting
The ACE of Racism: Unpacking Bias & Microaggression, Starting with Ourselves
This session will focus on the inner work required to interrupt racism. We will begin by gaining a shared language for key terms before reflecting on the earliest messages we received about people with identities different from our own. We’ll then transition into identifying, unpacking, and responding to microaggressions that participants likely encounter and/or perpetuate on a daily basis.
Hannah McCollester (she/her/hers) is a white cisgender woman from a Midwestern low-income background who has devoted her career to advancing equity. She worked as a teacher and then an educational program leader in Stuttgart, Pine Bluff, and Little Rock, then managed a political campaign during the 2018 cycle, and currently leads operations for a company that provides school transportation for students with special needs. She is particularly interested in exploring her role as a white woman in the fight for racial justice.
Laureina (AKA Beina)
Laureina (AKA Beina) Toler (she/her/hers) is a multi-racial woman from the Bay Area, California, who moved to rural Arkansas in 2013 to birth her teaching career. She taught middle school English in Stuttgart, AR, as well as high school African American History, Civics, U.S. History, and English at KIPP Delta Collegiate in Helena, AR, where she currently resides. She remains in the field of education and currently serves as a teacher development manager with the Arkansas Teacher Corps. Laureina believes anti-racism and equity work are inextricably linked to providing quality education to our youth. This truth allows her to commit to ongoing personal and community development in service of empowerment and racial justice.
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