Systemic racism and anti-Black structures exist in all institutions in our society, and schools are no exception. In fact, underlying assumptions of epistemology are based on the Greco-Roman systems of knowledge, which inherently devalue African, Latino, Asian, and Indigenous ways of knowing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct these racist assumptions, and then discuss various ways school counselors can use ecological theory to build a social justice program that addresses intrapersonal, interpersonal, immediate system, and larger system views to promote a culturally affirming school for all students. Participants will commit to working toward culturally affirming structures and practices in their schools.
By the end of the webinar, participants will:
1. Understand and articulate the racist structures that create oppressive environments for Black, Brown, Asian, and Indigenous students, and the impact these environments have on learning.
2. Be able to understand how these oppressive structures create the cycle of destruction and despair for non-white students.
3. Be able to identify examples of racist structures in their school.
4. Be able to identify various strategies for addressing and removing oppressive structures in their schools.
5. Make a commitment to acting on at least three oppressive structures or practices in their schools in the coming year.