Catching Up with the Racial Awareness Seminar: "The Kids Are Woke!"
Co-teachers Malcolm Cawthorne and Kate Leslie have shared the following update on what's been happening in their 21st Century Fund-sponsored class. Click here to read the full report.
The Racial Awareness Seminar has been working toward the goal of understanding the complexities of race in the 21st century. Recently, our focus has been on students' own
To think more deeply about this, we have been examining groups historically and currently viewed as "races" within the United States.
We have used the past to focus on the present. Students grappled with the idea that the only Asian identity box that could be filled in on the US Census was "Chinese" until the 1900s. We saw how the growth of Chinatowns in American cities created a "one-size-fits-all" approach to immigrants from Eastern Asia, and we discussed the complexity ignored by this approach. We recognized, for example, that the Middle East is also in Asia, and that racial identities are sometimes connected to religious faith. These observations fueled exhilarating discussions.
Click here to read the full report from Malcolm and Kate, which includes information on what some students are doing outside of class.