World Day of Social Justice 2020

February 20, 2020 by Bill Ivey

In a combined middle school advisory yesterday, Sam Torres ‘08, the faculty advisor to Community Alliance, led the students in watching and discussing “I Am Not Your Asian Stereotype,” a TEDx talk by Canwen Xu.

Here are some of the connections the students drew between the video and a previous Open Meeting co-hosted by Community Alliance and the Multicultural Club:

  • Don’t stereotype
  • Don’t make assumptions
  • Acknowledge privilege
  • Acknowledge subconscious biases
  • Seek to grow
  • Remember different people grow at different paces and in different ways
  • It’s okay to ask questions
    • Questions can be a way to check assumptions
    • It may help to frame a question with “Do you know…?” or “May I ask…?”
    • Keep in mind the role of culture and assumptions around what is “common” culture

      Some of the strategies the middle school students brainstormed regarding how to have conversations around race were:
    • Keep them friendly and non-judgmental
    • Prioritize those who are directly affected
    • Acknowledge and listen to people’s lived experiences
    • Offer resources
    • Ground your conversation in shared values
    • Listen well!

      Happy World Day of Social Justice!


Written by Bill Ivey

A dedicated member of the faculty, Bill Ivey is the Middle School Dean at Stoneleigh-Burnham School. He teaches Humanities 7 and the Middle and Upper School Rock Bands. Bill is the advisor for MOCA, the middle school student government, and he coordinates and participates in the middle school service program. Among his many hats, Bill also coordinates social media for Stoneleigh-Burnham School.

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