The Equity Institute was created to provide a space where we could gather to learn, grow and deepen our understanding of cultural competency through authentic interactions designed to challenge each individual to step into discomfort. Due to the professional status quo, we hardly are afforded opportunities to thoroughly discuss differences regarding, sex, gender, race, socioeconomic status, etc., that deeply influence how we navigate our lives. Without those important conversations, educators and students are faced with the challenge of building a safe relationship without acknowledging those critical aspects. The Equity Institute serves as a bridge to strengthening relationships by diminishing social blind spots.
When we were brainstorming the theme, we landed on “Communities of Belonging” as the through line for each subsequent institute, as we felt that this was the core of all equity work. If we can figure out how to intentionally create spaces where all stakeholders not only feel like they belong, but are empowered to make changes and be who they are, then we could help create a pathway to normalize dialogue about intimate topics that affect all of us. Click here for more information.