Module 2.0: The (West) End?
Facilitators: Shelvis Ponds & Jeff Nelson
Walking the West End Neighborhood of Durham, speaking to local business owners and viewing local landmarks, we listened to and experienced contrasting narratives about the "development" of this historically black neighborhood.
Module 2.1: This Land is (Not) Your Land, This Land is My Land
Facilitators: Jill Zalewski, Matt Bailey, Briana Enty, & Jeff Nelson
Through an activity about the history of polling inequality, we tried to show that not only is there inequity in US democratic systems, but that the system itself is unjust.
Module 2:1, cont'd
This module also explored the history of Indigenous populations in what is now the United States, their relationship with the land, their displacement onto reservations, and contemporary social issues (economic and health) that represent the "afterlife" of colonialism.
Module 2.2: Post-Election Awareness Activities
Three activities were presented, each focusing on a different level of injustice. First, "Who's In the Room" explored the systemic level of injustice, analyzing the power of who is literally and figuratively in the room or not in the room. Second, we took a series of Implicit Attitudes Tests to explore our individual bias. Third, we analyzed our department culture, imagining what a more just work environment might look like.
Module 2.3: Be Like U.S. Sustain U.S. (It's All About U.S.)
Facilitators: Shelvis Ponds, Jeremiah Salois, & Jeff Nelson
In this module, we argued that the United States' treatment of the Middle East shows that we desire for the Middle East to be like us, but also stand apart from us in order to understand ourselves as the better, more noble, more ideal way of life.
To do this, we explored three key moments in the creation of the racialization and "othering" of people who are or are perceived to be Middle Eastern, Arab, Persian, and/or Muslim: the rise of Communism, the Iranian Revolution, and post-9/11 United States.
Module 2.4: Debunking the Model Minority Myth
Facilitators: Briana Enty, Shelvis Ponds, & Jill Zalewski
Our contention is that the model minority is a myth created to maintain a racialized hierarchy of power. It does this by grouping diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander communities into a single monolithic entity (masking disparities between communities) and pitting them against other Communities of Color.
We explored what the model minority myth is, its origins (in the Civil Rights Era), limits (in positions of leadership), and the educational disparities it masks.
Module 2.5: The Middle Place
Facilitators: Shanci Robinson, Matt Bailey, Jeremiah Salois & Jeff Nelson
In this module, we argued that Latinx people and communities are in a sort of middle position -- simultaneously being pulled toward whiteness and white dominant culture and solidarity with other Communities of Color.
Complementing the training modules, small groups of four or five professional staff participate in shared experiences (lectures, exhibits, shows) that help them delve deeper into particular topics or issues.