We are still buzzing with the energy from the 2nd annual Equity in Action Summit this past week! 59 educators joined us for 3 days of community-building, workshops on E3's specialized tools, demonstration site visits. Thank you to all our participants, site visit partners, facilitators, and volunteers who made this a wonderful Summit!
We started on Thursday April 4, at the San Rafael Embassy Suites Hotel ballroom with a delicious dinner and some community-building activities that we use in conjunction with many of our tools and trainings. We presented awards to 5 amazing individuals who exemplify each of the 5 cultural resilience skills: Innovation, Adaptability, Critical Analysis, Cross-Cultural Communication, Teamwork. We enjoyed music by the very talented singer-songwriter, Austin Willacy. And left the evening lifted up by the engaging and thought-provoking featured speakers dialogues, with Dr. Paulette C. Walker and Dr. Jacquelyn Reza, moderated by Kafi Payne.
Friday April 5, participants spent the morning at one of five demonstration site visits: Horizon Community School, St. Raphael School, East Bay School for Boys, and Novato High School. After lunch, participants attended concurrent workshops held at Dominican University, on the Equity Empowerment Tool.
Saturday April 6, participants attended concurrent workshops on the Educational Strengths Assessment Tool and the Engagement Identification Tool. After lunch, participants had the opportunity to work with their school site teams to develop an equity action plan to take home to their communities. We closed in a circle, with gratitude for the insights and new learning over the course of 3 days. LeShawn Holcomb and several of his students from Marin City joined us to share their spoken word poetry, and chants of affirmation.
Check-out some of the photos from the Summit, care of Shawndra Diaz and Elli Nagai-Rothe!