The Equity Reset Learning Model
HOW TO USE THIS CURRICULUM
Begin with “Reflection” Step 1A.
As a user of this Equity Reset curriculum, you will engage in a cycle of learning that shifts from Reflection (i.e., Step 1A —> 1B) to Action (i.e., Step 2A —> 2B), back to Reflection. When do we stop the cycle? Only when we have dismantled racist, discriminatory, and exclusionary behaviors, norms, practices, & policies within ourselves, our communities, and our spheres of influence.
Our strong recommendation: Dedicate 2 months, with at least 2 hours of self-guided study per month, to Reflection before shifting attention to Action for 1 month; we expect each cycle from Reflection to Action to take about 3 months.
Practice On Your Own & In Community.
You will work through the self-guided Equity Reset curriculum solo or in the company of a self-organized peer learning circle.
Concurrently, on the First Friday of every month, you are invited to join a structured, facilitated Equity Reset forum hosted by the IDEA Office and HR’s Learning & Organizational Development (L&OD) Office, designed for motivated employees to share learnings & to workshop their anti-racism commitments.
IMPORTANT: Being antiracist is different for white people than it is for people of color. For white people, being antiracist evolves with their racial identity development. They must acknowledge and understand their privilege, work to change their internalized racism, and interrupt racism when they see it. For people of color, it means recognizing how race and racism have been internalized, and whether it has been applied to other people of color*.
*Adapted from National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC)
STEP 1. Reflection
Anti-racist ACTIONS must be informed by ongoing REFLECTION points for self-directed education on the history of racism and our personal complicity within racist systems.
1A. Self-Directed Education
The following resources have been curated for self-education purposes. Each resource centers on the racial history of the United States and the experiences of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). Trigger warnings are listed next to relevant resources.
1B. Active Self-Inquiry
The following resources have been curated to provide people with opportunities to engage in self-inquiry and more deeply understand their own racialized identities. Nearly all reflection exercises listed below can be completed within 15-20 minutes of journaling time.
🎥 13th (1.75 hours) is a 2016 Emmy-winning American documentary film by director Ava DuVernay, available both on Youtube and Netflix.
🎧 This 2019 podcast “This Land,” described as ‘intro course to Native American law and policy,’ taps Indigenous legal experts to showcase how a 1999 murder case sparked a 2020 Supreme Court ruling on tribal sovereignty. There are 10 episodes, each ranging from 20-30 minutes. WARNING: A few episodes detail graphic violence.
🎥 This PBS documentary titled ‘Asian Americans’ has 5 episodes (approx. 54 minutes each), each documenting a chapter of Asian American history. The website also features many small excerpts (3-4 minutes each). Available for free until June 2021. WARNING: A few episodes detail scenes of graphic violence.
🎧 “1619” is a NYTimes podcast hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones. There are 7 episodes, lasting approx. 30-40 minutes each. WARNING: Many episodes detail scenes of graphic violence.
📘This educational tool, the Implicit Association Test, developed by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald at Harvard University, can help you better understand and reflect on the ways in which unconscious biases impact your day-to-day actions & behaviors.
🎥 This 35-minute conversation between comedian & activist W. Kamau Bell and host Conan O’Brien covers the Black Lives Matter movement and how white people can support it.
🎧 This 32-minute audio conversation between author Cathy Park Hong and NPR correspondent Sam Sanders explores her book Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning and her reflections on the model minority myth.
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🎥 📘 This free University of Illinois course titled “Race & Cultural Diversity in American Life & History,” taught by Dr. James D. Anderson, explores the historical and social relationships among European Americans, Native Americans, African Americans, Latino/as, and Asian/Pacific Americans. There are 4 sessions, 2-3 hours of study each.
🎥 📘 This free Yale University course titled “African American History,” taught by Dr. Jonathan Holloway, examines the African American experience in the United States from 1863 to the present. There are 25 lectures, each 35-50 minutes. WARNING: Some of the lectures in this course contain graphic content and/or adult language that some users may find disturbing.
📘This Book Club Guide, designed to accompany the book “Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces” by Karen Catlin, contains 12 thought-provoking questions for individual reflection and/or group discussion.
“When you move too fast and you’re moving with these still unexamined unconscious racist thoughts & beliefs, you’re actually going to do more harm because you don’t yet know what you don’t know.”
— Layla F. Saad
STEP 2. Action
Anti-racist REFLECTION must be directed towards ongoing ACTIONS that dismantle racist structures & practices and institute new, anti-racist ones.
FOR SCIENTISTS & RESEARCHERS:
BUILD AN ANTI-RACIST RESEARCH LAB
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