Middle schoolers to tackle issues of racial equity, oppression in April 23 workshop

Press release from Evergreen Community Charter School:

On Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Evergreen will host My Place in Race, an experiential racial equity workshop for middle school students. Facilitated by alexandria monque ravenel (intentionally lower case), owner of Collaborative Organizing and Noir Collective AVL, the free workshop seeks to help 7th and 8th grade students participate in meaningful and intentional dialogue about race. Lunch, snacks, and transportation will be provided.

“Standing against racism starts with a conversation, and these conversations should start now. Middle school students are developing personal values and their intellectual development is allowing them to grapple with complex concepts. They are of an age to learn powerful strategies for making their communities more equitable, inclusive, and just,” said Dr. Susan Mertz, Executive Director of Evergreen Community Charter School.

Bridging the topic of race can be challenging for adults and much fewer preteens. Evergreen prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom and in school leadership. My Place in Race will create a safe environment for students to understand and self-identify their own racialized identity and discover their own ways to engage in the greater global conversation around racial equity.

Support from Dogwood Health Trust has been instrumental in ensuring this important workshop is able to continue.

WHAT: My Place in Race, an experiential racial equity workshop for 7th and 8th graders

WHEN: April 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Evergreen Community Charter School, 50 Bell Road, Asheville

To apply to participate, please complete this form by April 15. All 7th and 8th grade students are welcome to apply.

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