RACIAL EQUITY
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PTSA Racial Equity and Anti-Racism Supports

 

The Shorewood High School PTSA’s Racial Equity group started in the fall of 2020 and met virtually on a semi-monthly basis during the 2020-2021 school year.  This work will be taken up under the mantle of FACE (Family And Community Engagement) and DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) for the 2021-2022 school year. 

 

Our work is rooted in the WA State PTA’s resolution 2.26 Dismantling Institutional and Systemic Racism.

 

We are:

  • Working towards racial equity in our school and establishing our PTSA’s role in being an ally* to Shorewood High School’s community of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC).

  • Responding to need in a fast, unconventional, and generous manner to support BIPOC and those furthest from educational equity and their families. 

  • Identifying white supremacist structures in our school, district and PTSA, and working to dismantle them.

  • Providing learning opportunities around racial equity/white supremacy culture for parents/caregivers/families (with a focus on white parents – so that we can get out of the way!)

  • Sparking conversation/action between both Shoreline Middle and High School PTSAs around Racial Equity; possibly creating a collaborative approach.

 

Students and families who are interested in this work are welcome to get in touch with us.

Please contact Debbie Olhoeft (debbie@ducharme.cc) or Marion Mohrlok (mmohrlok@hotmail.com).

 

*Ally: Someone who makes the commitment and effort to recognize their privilege (based on gender, class, race, sexual identity, etc.) and work in solidarity with oppressed groups in the struggle for justice. Allies understand that it is in their own interest to end all forms of oppression, even those from which they may benefit in concrete ways.  Allies commit to reducing their own complicity or collusion in oppression of those groups and invest in strengthening their own knowledge and awareness of oppression. (https://www.racialequitytools.org/glossary#ally)

 

SHORELINE SCHOOL DISTRICT RESOURCES

 

Shoreline School Board's Anti-Racism Resolution - adopted in May 2021, aims to implement anti-racism processes and practices for students and staff across the district. 

Shoreline School District Race & Equity Policy

The Shoreline School District’s Equity and Family Engagement Department has a multitude of resources available:

 

The following resources are borrowed from the Parkwood Elementary website - thanks to their Race & Equity Team for putting this together!

  • Racial Equity Tools: Great website with tons of resources to help you in your journey for achieving racial equity. Also includes a useful Glossary of Terms.

  • Know Your WHY: A short but impactful video to watch. “When you know your ‘why’ then your ‘what’ has more impact, because you’re working towards or in your purpose.” – Michael Jr.

  • Becoming an Anti-Racist Zones: It is a journey where people may move forward a zone but also take a step a back. Don’t give up and remember your WHY! Take a look at this diagram and think about where you are today, and where you need to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source : https://twitter.com/AndrewMIbrahim

 

  • Understanding Implicit Bias – A Tool Kit: Implicit (or unconscious) bias occurs when individuals use information from experience, media, culture or other individuals to organize people into social categories according to salient traits like age, gender, race, ethnicity or social role and then utilize these categories unconsciously in decision making or behavior… It is the unconscious activation of this supplemental meaning that biases how people respond to such a description (Kang, 2009).

  • The Hazel Wolf K-8 PTST has some great resources listed at their website.

  • Racial equity workshops via Seattle Families of Color (FOCS).

 

 

BOOKS AND MEDIA RESOURCES

Below is a list of books and articles, in no particular order.

  • Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

  • Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker on Netflix – “Self Made is a fictionalized depiction of “the untold story of black hair care pioneer and mogul Madam C. J. Walker and how she overcame the hostilities of turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, and tumultuous marriages to become America’s first Black, self-made female millionaire.””

  • Video of Trevor Noah with Derek Black, subject of the book “Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist” by Eli Saslow.

  • Understanding Oppression by Leticia Nieto article – Addressing Power and Privilege. Are you an Agent or a Target or both?

  • Stamped: Racism, Anti Racism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

  • A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory

  • You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism by Amber Ruffin

 

 

RESOURCES FOR PTAS AND MEMBERS

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