*denotes student facilitators
Anti-Semitism Expressed through Defamation of Jewish Artifacts and Temples
Dava (student)*, Dave Levy, and Melissa Hill
Students investigate examples of anti-Semitic vandalism in the United States and the history of why such crimes persist today. Examining the power of symbols to unite and divide people, they considered both individual and collective ways we can combat hate.
Excerpt from “Not in Our Town.”
It shows how the citizens of Billings, Montana, joined together to stand up to hate when their neighbors were attacked by white supremacists.
Athletes and Activism
Julian Lucas*, Jamal Butler, and Kyle Silver
The first part of the workshop focuses on equity within sports. Students watch videos and discuss athletes who break the color barrier in both college and professional sports including the wage gap between men’s and women’s sports. In the second part, students learn more about athletes whoa re also activists and the issues they care about. They investigate how athletes use their platforms to discuss social justice issues and why others might be reluctant to speak out.
Cranky Uncle Fights Fake News
Antonia Romm*, Luca Rinzel*, Katie Robins, and Natalie Stapert
How do you know when you are being misled through fake news or misinformation? Students use the Cranky Uncle game to learn about five different science denial techniques. Knowing how the strategies work, students will be able to spot misinformation, avoid being misled, and set the record straight in arguments on many controversial issues, from holocaust denial to climate denial and anti-masking.
Do You See Me? The Evolution of Asian Visibility
Learn about the experience of feeling “invisible” in America. Asians have acclimated in a “white world” to achieve or find success. Learn how Asians are “whitewashed” from history and learn about the myth of the “Model Minority.”
Brian Weber, Mike Woods, and Paul Goldblatt
The idea of this workshop was for students to learn how to “empower words,” says Mike, like taking a “famous social justice quote and make it into something that would catch someone’s interest and open others up to thinking about the words, thus spreading the social justice message.” Teachers used current movements on social media platforms, like Instagram and TikTok. Students divided into 3 teams with a teacher leading the group offering 3 different approaches to the assignment:
- Use a famous quote and illustrate it with an image
- Take famous quotes and edit them together to make a rap
- Take a famous quote (mps recording) and create a musical accompaniment
Immigration Laws and Stories
Lena (student)*, Sara Hodges, Sarah Fleischer, and Yasmin Mesiya
Hear the stories of immigrants whose lives have been negatively impacted by immigration laws. Learn more about these laws and the activists who are trying to change them.
Talking with Students about Sexual Assault
Led by students Avery*, Jazz*, Oakley*, and faculty Ann Neary, Kiona Cloud, and Teryn Gilmore
Created and led by their peers, students were guided in conversations defining sexual assault and identifying sexual behaviors that are coercive, hurtful, or harassing. “Our students are leading the charge to unpack rape culture and create a culture of consent that empowers us all to feel safe and secure as we explore our sexuality and identity,” Annie reflects.
The Good and the Bad of US Global Engagement
Avery (student)*, Josh Silver, and Sarah Smith
Since the turn of the 20th century, the US has taken an increasingly active role in global affairs. Some of its actions have been good for the world, but many have not. Learn about some of these actions and what you can do to help. “It was fun to see our 7th and 8th graders apply things they learned in 7th and 8th grade social studies as they formulated and articulated opinions about a pretty complex and ever-evolving topic,” says Sarah.
The following are a few resources for “what students can do” to take action:
Using Linear Regression to Analyze Social Justice Issues with Publicly Available Data
Our tax dollars fund a national census every ten years, Social Security data collection, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and countless research grants. How can we use that publicly available data to analyze the issues that are most important to us. I wonder what data we can model and how we can use it to make predictions?
Vaccine History and Equity
Adrienne van den Beemt, and Liz Bullock
Discuss the ethics of immunizations and vaccinations. What questions should scientists and policy makers ask before, during, and after creating a new vaccine?
What it Means to be AAPI during the COVID-19 pandemic: Racial Profiling and Stopping AAPI Hate
Students from Urban High School in San Francisco helped participants understand how Asian Americans are affected by racism, bigotry, and stereotyping during the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students played an interactive game where they could test their knowledge of vocabulary words like Sinophobia and slurs like, “China Virus.”
Children learned about the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the first U.S. immigration law targeted to a specific ethnic group, coupled with the 1870s emergence of the Bubonic Plague in southern China, resulted in quarantines and racist “disease control” methods across Chinatowns in San Francisco and Honolulu.
The facilitators connected the historical use of racial profiling to the current rise in anti-Asian hate/discrimination—particularly anti-Chinese language and attacks and that one in four Asian American students
are experiencing racist bullying. After sharing statistics and anecdotes, they challenged participants to acknowledge and share this history, stand up for others and report incidents of hate on the Stop AAPI Hate website (stopaapihate.org
). “Although there was a lot to be dismayed about, participants left energized to do something to interrupt this bias and make change,” says Gia Harewood, who hosted the space with facilitators. “Being youth themselves, these young activists were inspiring; they distilled the anti-racist work that they had been sharing with adults and high school students into an age-appropriate presentation that’s certain to stay with participants for years to come,” she concludes.