Racial identity is a key component of early childhood, adolescent, and adult development. Theorists agree that a complete understanding of one's own and other people's racial identity has a positive impact on school and/or classroom environments as well as possibly increasing the academic achievement of students of color.
Participants will use racial identity models to make sense of their own development before discussing where students fall on this spectrum. After acknowledging the racial lens through which they see the world, workshop participants will review racial identity theories, view films that highlight the systematic effects of racism, and discuss best practices that help students develop the positive and resilient racial self-concepts needed to counter bigotry, prejudice and benign neglect present in our schools today.
Facilitator: Dr. Sandra "Chap" Chapman is the Director of Equity and Community at The Little Red Schoolhouse and Elizabeth Irwin High School (LREI) in New York. Her 27 years of teaching experience in independent schools has given Dr. Chapman broad knowledge and understanding of students and their social, cognitive, physical, spiritual, and emotional selves. She has Co-Chaired the New York State Independent School Diversity Committee and the New York Metro Chapter of GLESEN. Dr. Chapman has facilitated workshops around the country, training faculty and staff at both the secondary and collegiate level while also serving as a faculty member with the NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute.
The Colorado Diversity Network is a consortium of ACIS schools dedicated to creating collaborative faculty and staff training around issues of equity, inclusion, and diversity.
**2018-2019 CDN Members are: Aspen Academy, Boulder Country Day School, Colorado Academy, Dawson School, Denver Academy, Graland Country Day School, High Mountain Institute, Kent Denver School, Logan School, Montessori Academy of Colorado, Montessori School of Denver, St. Anne's Episcopal School, St. Elizabeth's School, St. Mary's Academy, Stanley British Primary School, Vail Mountain School, and Watershed School.