Monday 01/30/17 9:30AM-3PM
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Professional Development Seminar for Educators: Making Safer Spaces

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Scamming the Patriarchy: A Youth Summit, New Museum, 2016

Acknowledging that schools, museums, community centers, and other learning environments exist within, rather than apart from, the power structures of the world at large, how might teachers actively create a safer climate in which to challenge these structures together with students? This workshop will focus on deepening our understanding of the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and class. We will discuss approaches for proactively creating a space that honors, supports, and empowers students and educators. We ask that teachers bring challenges and strategies to share. We will begin our discussion with a presentation in the morning by Sonia Choi and Kamilah White, who consider these topics central to their work as artists, teachers, and organizers. We will continue with smaller group activities in the afternoon session.

This event is free to attend, but RSVP is limited and required. Please email indicating whether you will attend only the a.m. session or both a.m. and p.m. sessions.


Morning Session
9:30 AM: Registration
10–11:30 AM

Afternoon Session
1–3 PM

Sonia Choi is multimedia artist, curator, and teaching assistant for Reel Works, currently teaching an animation program for middle school students at West Prep Academy in Harlem. Choi is a cofounder of BUFU (By Us For Us), a collaborative living archive centered on Black and Asian political and cultural relationships. She is also working on a clothing line engaging anti-orientalism.

Kamilah White is a musician and paraprofessional for the New York City Board of Education. She has over five years of experience working alongside children with special needs and from all backgrounds. She’s found various ways to incorporate her love of music and art to motivate our future leaders.

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