MSAN Consortium Intersectional Social Justice Collaborative 2020-21
“Your story matters because you have the ability to tell a story different from the ones we’ve been brainwashed to believe!” Dr. Bettina Love told 200+ middle and high school students from schools across the USA last Wednesday, December 2 at the 2nd convening of the MSAN ISJC: Intersectional Social Justice Collaborative. Dr. Love, the imminent Abolitionist & Anti-Racist author and University of Georgia Professor of We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and The Pursuit of Educational Freedom brought down the virtual Zoom house with her passionate call to abolish education that oppresses and imagining and creating schools and educational systems based on love, kindness and justice that will uplift those who are most impacted—thereby raising the tide for everyone.
Corrie Wallace & Chris Fontana are partnering to design and co-facilitate a year-long conference for middle and high school students who are participating in this integrated interdisciplinary experience that will affirm their intersecting identities as they explore implicit bias, race, power, and systems of oppression. Participants are exploring their roles in making a positive impact on their school community while engaging in an action research project which will be presented at the spring social justice fair. This Intersectional Social Justice Collaborative meets two hours monthly over the course of the 2020-21 school year on a virtual platform.
Jahmal Cole, CEO of My Block, My Hood, My City from Chicago, IL will keynote on January 6 as the youth explore the story of their neighborhoods, housing issues, and gentrification. On February 3, Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm, the youngest Chief ever elected for the Vuntut Gwitchin people will keynote and share the urgency of the moment to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge permanently.