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There are so many ways to mix up student seating at lunch that it can be difficult to consider them all. Don’t let this be a stumbling block. The outcome is the same, no matter the path that gets you there—You want to get students to sit with different people at lunch, and you want them to have a conversation so they get to know each other a bit.
As a child I asked my father whether there was someone like Martin Luther King Jr. who had fought for Latino rights. “Yes,” he said, and told me that his name was César Chávez. My father, a former farmworker who had toiled in the agricultural fields from childhood until adulthood, taught me about César Chávez, Dolores Huerta and the farmworker struggle.
Every autumn, on an evening around dusk, a luminary-lit path appears on campus. Dozens of students gather for inspiration in their social justice work. They celebrate peace. Planned and executed by the students, this Peace Vigil includes readings, performances, art installations and demonstrations.
In an ideal world, our students would be safe to openly be who they are at all times. Since the world we live in is far from ideal, we must support our students’ rights to privacy and trust them to make the decision to reveal their sexuality when they feel the time is right.
Few of us really ever have to answer the question, “What am I willing to risk my life for.”
Malala Yousafzai, 11, did answer.
It’s hard to think of coat hooks as being instructional tools. Last year, however, my students and I learned some important lessons about the benefits of diversity and including many voices in the decision-making process when we restructured our closets.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry. Founded in 1971, SPLC is known for investigating and exposing hate group activities throughout the world. They focus on widespread issues of social injustice including children at risk, hate and extremism, immigrant justice, and LGBT rights. But they go a step beyond fighting hate and seeking justice for the vulnerable. The SPLC conducts one of the nation’s leading programs for teaching tolerance.