AWB 2017 Transformative Teaching Collective

By Sharon Schoenfeld
Marili (l) volunteering with Home Works USA on AWB.

This evening we participated in a social action workshop led by members of the Transformative Teaching Collective. This organization encourages people to explore their social identities through group activities and discussions. Within  these discussions, we were able to  share our experiences, thoughts, and opinions on the subject of racism and oppression. The conversation itself was fascinating to witness in the sense that although we are a fairly homogeneous group (in terms of race, class, religion), each person had their own unique background which helped establish their relationship with diversity. The beauty of this workshop lies in the ability of the participants to share their experiences and explore the discomfort, curiosity, or emotions the they evoke and to then utilize them as educational tools. Thus creating a new form of intellectual power from their vulnerability.

~ Marili Ressel; 12th Grade, Plainview, New York

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