Racial/Socioeconomic Desegregation

Action Team Goal:

Community members must demand the end of socioeconomic and racial segregation.

All are welcome to join us for upcoming meetings:

Wednesday, September 26 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM (location TBA)

Wednesday, November 7 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM (location TBA)

Meeting 5 Recap

  • Small group discussions and share outs on the concepts of complacency and complicity

  • Team created questions they needed to answer in regards to what the cultural competency programming should look like

  • Brainstorm ideas for project implementation, scope, and goals

  • Reached consensus on what elements were essential to include in the program, such as:

    • using diverse facilitators

    • going into different communities with this program

    • having artist involvement with the storytelling component

    • creating a shared and consistent script for all of the facilitating teams

    • finding shared and transparent messaging for the program

    • having an end goal that leads to action

Meeting 4 Recap

  • Explored common thought processes held by parents considering enrolling their child in a segregated school

  • The team discussed the difference between desegregation and responsible integration practices based on research provided by national organization¬†Integrated Schools

  • After discussion, the team underwent a voting and workshopping process to narrow down project ideas proposed from the group in prior meetings

  • The chosen project will focus on combining cultural competency training with a storytelling campaign to elevate the experiences of students, teachers, parents, and community members

Meeting 3 Recap

  • Participated in an interactive mini-workshop on the historical perspective of school segregation with guest facilitator and artist Josiah Golson

  • Discussed project proposals including the following approaches

    • Communication/awareness building campaign

    • Neighborhood/education based work

    • Community exchange/reconciliation work

    • Student-led initiatives

    • Integrating the arts into conversations around school segregation

Meeting 2 Recap

  • Discussed common arguments and myths surrounding segregation in our community, specifically:

    • De jure segregation (segregation that is imposed by law) vs. de facto segregation (segregation that is a result of social difference and choice)

    • Racism as a problem of the past, present, and future

    • Myths associated with school integration being harmful and unfair for high performing students

  • Reflected on how our individual choices as parents, students, teachers, and community members impact all students in Hamilton County

  • Explored shifting the perspective past individual interest to the health and well-being of the community as a whole

Meeting 1 Recap

  • Participants discussed the ways they have experienced, seen, or learned about socioeconomic and racial segregation

  • The group determined the opportunities and challenges faced in achieving socioeconomic and racial integration in our public schools

Next Steps:

  • The group has decided to have an interim meeting in 3 weeks before the official 6th meeting to spend time 1) brainstorming and outlining logistics for training and identifying facilitators and experts in the field and 2) creating a framework for the curriculum and storytelling element of the project.

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